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Pedestrian plazas and bike lanes are still making news in NYC

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Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation are continuing some of their key initiatives related to transportation and life in the city.

Manhattan’s Community Board 5 this week denied the department’s request to expand the boundaries of the plaza’s commercial zones in Midtown to include Broadway from 47th to 53rd Streets. The Manhattan Borough President will review the request. The city is hoping to expand the parts of the plazas the Business Improvement District can use for programming and concessions.A community board representative told PIX11 its members were concered about the use of public space.

“The plazas remain the same size in either case,’ A DOT spokesman said.

On 16th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, some bike lane markings have caught people’s attention.

Markings for a shared bike lane also will now include a designated turning space for bikes.

“The bike marking closest to the intersection is for a ‘bike box’,” a department spokesman said. This treatment allows a cyclist to prepare for a right turn. We’re working to complete the markings as soon as possible and as weather permits.”

UPDATE: Thanks to Twitter user “Cap’n Transit” for pointing out a Streetfilms video on bike boxes. Streetfilms, which documents liveable streets worldwide, some NYC streets have had the markings for the past few years. Here’s a video the site made in 2008:

NYC street markings

Shared lanes for bikes and cars now include designated bike turning lanes

PIX11’s Greg Mocker is tracking NYC’s Worst Commutes this month and the most interesting.

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