Posted On: August 23, 2017
Shared Street Ribbon Cutting
Earlier this month, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), along with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, and Madison Square Park Conservancy, unveiled New York City’s first-ever Shared Street on Broadway between West 24th and West 25th Streets on August 9.
The project, which included resurfacing of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Worth Square, and the Flatiron North Public Plaza, has been under construction since late April. The redesigned area includes enhanced public space and pedestrian circulation in and around the North Plaza with direct access to Madison Square Park.
Keats Myer, Executive Director of Madison Square Park Conservancy, said “The Conservancy is thrilled to partner with NYC DOT, NYC Parks, and Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership on the implementation of Broadway’s new prototype shared street. This project will expand public space, maintain critical vehicle access needs, and enhance pedestrian circulation in concert with the Conservancy’s effort to renovate the Eternal Light Monument and create a new Park entrance at 24th Street and Broadway. With the restoration of Madison Square Park in 2001, the creation of the Flatiron Plazas in 2008, and now this shared street design and the eventual permanent reconstruction of the plazas and Worth Square, the Madison Square area is well on its way to having the finest public spaces in Manhattan.”
The Shared Street provides various benefits for all users, including enhancing safety via reducing vehicular speeds to 5 mph, increasing the popular public space surrounding the historic Flatiron building, streamlining movement in the area by adding crosswalks and protected bike lanes, and modifying intersection design to better accommodate pedestrian movements in the area. The project features signage depicting the pedestrian right-of-way and vehicular speed limit of 5 miles per hour as well as a plaza-like surface treatment. In addition to the shared street, the project included more robust and direct crosswalks, painted curb extensions to shorten Fifth Avenue and Broadway crossing distances, and protected bike lanes.