In 2011 New York City's Traffic Remained Flat While Transit Numbers Went Up

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2011 NYC DOT Scorecard is Out

New York City's Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has just released its 2011 scorecard. It's a great overview of transportation trends in the city and of what has been done during the year to make life easier and safer for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and transit users.

The first stat that caught my eye was the one about the number of jobs in the city having rebounded above the pre-financial crisis point yet the traffic numbers are pretty flat in 2011, and were even down 1.5% between 2000 and 2010. This means a lot more people taking the subway, walking, and biking. In fact, between 2000 and 2011, there was a 289% increase in commuter cycling in the city.

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Some stats:

Citywide weekday subway ridership rose by 1.4% in 2010, and an additional 2.5% in 2011, surpassing the previous peak in 2008.

Traffic volumes increased 0.9% citywide in 2010, reaching the pre-financial crisis level. Based on preliminary data, traffic levels appeared to flatten out in 2011.

Commuter bike riding increased 13% in 2010, and an additional 7% in 2011.

Bus speeds improved by 15-18% while ridership gained 12% on the M15 line with Select Bus Service. With the addition of new bus and bike lanes on First Avenue and Second Avenue, cycling volumes rose by 18-177%, and crashes were reduced by up to 37%

Total injuries from vehicular crashes decreased by 26%, and injuries to motor vehicle occupants by 65%, at Union Square after the one-way conversion of East 17th Street, lane reduction on Broadway, bike lane installation and creation of pedestrian plaza space and safety islands.

Injuries to pedestrians from vehicular crashes decreased by 67% along East 180th Street between Webster Avenue and Boston Road following lane narrowing and installation of a center median, turn bays and high-visibility markings at crosswalks at Boston Road.

The car sharing program in Lower Manhattan saw a reduction in parking impacts of 14% during weekdays and 68% during weekends.

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Of course, there's still a lot to be done, but NYC has been progressing nicely in the past decade, and we hope they'll do ever better in the next one! Now if only they could get the Citi Bike share launched...

The full report can be found here (PDF).

Via Streetsblog

See also: NYC's Citi Bike Launch Pushed Back to Next Spring Because of Software Glitch

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