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Flatiron Shared Street Ribbon Cutting

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), along with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and the 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.

“With so few cars moving so slowly, pedestrians and cyclists can now take up all the space they need," said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

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.

“When we met with the local community to hear their concerns, we weren’t surprised to learn of the changes they wanted to make this area safer for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s a space where motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists all travel together safely, with cars traveling at a reduced speed and pedestrians having more options to circulate in an area,” stated DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner Luis Sanchez.

The Shared Street 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.

DOT plans to relocate the Citi Bike station at West 24th Street & Broadway to the shared street in an effort to further accommodate those navigating the Flatiron District on foot. 

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