Yesterday, the New York City Department of Transportation released the 2010 Sustainable Streets Index, their annual survey of key travel indicators. From NYC DOT:
New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced the release of the Sustainable Streets Index (SSI), an agency report that monitors key traffic indicators across the city and also evaluates the safety and mobility impacts of projects implemented by the agency. Now in its third installment, this year’s report introduces several new methods of looking at the street network, including a more expansive analysis of millions of taxi GPS trips to determine trends in travel speeds; face-to face surveys of travel modes and trip purpose in eight neighborhoods across the five boroughs; and detailed statistics about 11 projects implemented across the city. The report found that travel speeds increases in Manhattan’s Central Business District (CBD) from 2008 to 2009 before stabilizing in 2010, while surveys in eight neighborhoods further show that New York is truly a walking, transit and biking city. The SSI allows DOT to continue to implement more performance-driven initiatives, which improve safety, mobility and sustainability across the city.
“This report shows that New York is increasingly a walking and transit city, and it also support the changes we’ve made as we build streets that work for everyone who uses them,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “This has paid off in improved safety for everyone, including motorists, with the last four years being the safest in the century that records have been kept—even as travel speeds remained stable.”
The neighborhood surveys found that in the Upper East Side, Union Square, Brooklyn Heights, Fordham, Jackson Heights and Park Slope, between 85 to 93% of respondents walked, rode a bicycle or used public transportation to get to their destination. The numbers were also an impressive 78% and 60% in Astoria, Queens and New Dorp, Staten Island, respectively.