DOT’s Annual Scorecard | Most New Yorkers Do Not Drive to Shop

In six diverse neighborhoods (from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens) 85-93% of people arrived by transit, biking or walking.  In two neighborhoods (Astoria, Queens and New Dorp, Staten Island), 60-77% of people arrived by transit, biking or walking.  Here are a few other interesting statistics from the report:

  • Traffic speeds in the Manhattan CBD improved by 6% between the fall of 2008 and fall of 2009, and then leveled off in 2010.
  • Delivery companies’ vehicles saw travel times improve 130% from a pilot of off-hour deliveries, based on a comparison of evening and midday travel speeds.
  • Parking duration fell by 20% in Park Slope, Brooklyn due to the PARK Smart peak rate pricing pilot, enabling more drivers to find metered spaces and reducing overall traffic volumes on the neighborhood’s main commercial avenues.
  • Over the last decade, 80% of new housing units were built within walking distance of a subway station or SBS route, focusing population growth in transit- oriented areas of the city.
  • From 2003 until the 2008 recession, New York City experienced a period of fully transit-centered  growth in which non-auto modes absorbed all the growth of travel in the city. Vehicle traffic levels declined slightly while subway and bus ridership rose 12% from 2003 to 2008 and commuter cycling increased 79%. Commuter cycling increased 26% from 2008 to 2009, and an additional 13% from 2009 to 2010. 520,000 adult New Yorkers bike at least several times a month.
  • Protected bike paths led to 46% to 268% growth in bike volumes : 69% increase on Ninth Avenue in Manhattan, 97% increase on Kent Avenue in Brooklyn and 268% increase on Rockaway Boulevard in Queens. On key bike routes in Manhattan, bike riders comprise up to one-third of those using the street for transportation – for example, 37% of those traveling on Prince Street in the evening rush period and 32% of those traveling on East 10th Street

You can read the full report here .

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