From the Daily News:
...Sadik-Khan has produced statistics to use in making before-and-after comparisons. She has charts and graphs showing traffic volume and speeds on Fifth to 11th Aves. and on cross-streets, along with counts of pedestrian crowding, as they were measured in March and April. Those will be matched against fresh numbers gathered at the end of the summer.
The baseline numbers are fascinating and, in some cases, perplexing: They show traffic crawled at an average of 5.64 mph eastbound on 34th St. between Seventh and Eighth (been there), while it zipped at 35.2 mph hour up 10th Ave. between 45th and 50th (never done that).
Whatever. We now have the method to the commissioner's ... astuteness.
From the Huffington Post:
What is wrong is that the present solution is neither safer nor more pedestrian friendly.
The execution of the project was both sloppy and ill-conceived if it was meant to serve people who live here or are trying to walk on Broadway. Take a trip with me up Broadway on foot if you dare.
Start downstairs from where I am writing on 34th Street, where the street in front of Macy's has been closed off. Most of it has been blocked by metal chairs and tables, intersected by a bike lane.
If cars in Manhattan often push the rules, the bike riders ignore them entirely. They wear armor while their victims on foot go unprotected. It is not uncommon to be grazed by a high speed biker getting between you and some barrier at speed.
Today it is harder to pass through Times Square on foot than when cars were whizzing back and forth.
Photo from India Ink