Bike Manhattan: Safe, Quick, and Protected
You'll learn about:
Protected Bike Lane Design
Bike Network Development
We will start from the Javits Center and head south on the Hudson River Greenway for a few blocks, showing off the premier cycling facility of NYC, that serves over 6,000 cyclists on a summer day.
From there we will use standard bike lanes to jog east to 9th Ave where we will bike the first on-street parking protected bike lane in America. We will see how a large urban arterial is designed so bikes and vehicles have independent signals (split phases). Participants will also see how low-cost materials, like markings and in-house concrete islands have transformed the street, increasing cycling and safety for all users.
From there we will continue through the heart of the West Village on Hudson Street and Bleecker Street, where we will see other tools in the NYCDOT toolbox such as mixing zones, way-finding, and landscaping.
At 7th Ave, we will discuss a planned complete street redesign that includes a protected bike lane. We will be able to envision the challenges of the corridor while applying the materials and treatments that we have seen on the Hudson River Greenway, 9th Avenue and Hudson. Planners responsible for outreach will discuss particulars of the community involvement.
We will then head north on 6th Avenue on a newly installed lane. Here, we will see a narrower design and will discuss how we have adjusted design strategies. As we approach Herald Square, we will look at how high pedestrian volumes affect a design. New plaza spaces will be viewed and people will get a chance to relax on movable chairs, and enjoy a beverage from one of the plaza’s concessions.
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Confirmed SpeakerTed Wright is the Director Bicycle Program of New York City; the largest bike network in the United States. He has worked for over 15 years in both the public and private sectors on long-range, open space and strategic planning. Ted applies his unique urban design perspective to NYC’s Bike Program, integrating community groups into the design process, managing the Agency’s bicycle network Expansion, including implementing over 50 miles of lanes (10 of which must be protected) each year, and managing the build out of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Waterfront Greenways among other large long-term bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the five boroughs. His primary responsibility is leading an inter-disciplinary team on the development of over 50 miles of high quality infrastructure every year, including 10 miles of protected lanes. Under his leadership, NYC has become a leader of protected path design, creating new street typologies used throughout the US. He has also spearheaded the use of implementation-focused planning studies within NYC, successfully integrating community groups into a rapid-response process showing immediate results while building momentum for longer-term, more expensive capital projects. Ted has worked on bicycle and pedestrian projects since 1997, where he managed several pedestrian and bicycle projects for the Department of City Planning. He eventually became the director of Bicycle Network Development, where he initiated the City’s work with the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. Outside of bicycle and pedestrian planning, Ted brings several years of urban design and architectural experience to the Department of Transportation. At Arrowstreet Architects, he led an architectural design team through several National Park long-range master plans, creating cost estimates and schematic designs for numerous park improvements. Later, working with Gensler Architects he coordinated several multi-disciplinary, large-scale “placemaking” projects. Internationally, Ted worked for three years as the principal land use planner for Atkins in Beijing, China, where he formulated and presented land use and environmental planning recommendations to Chinese governmental agencies. Ted holds a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Rutgers College. Ted has been a certified US planner (AICP) since 2002 and is a LEED accredited professional (LEEDAP).
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