Building upon the success of Brooklyn’s first ever Shared Street and the recommendations put forward in DBP’s Public Realm Action Plan, NYCDOT and DBP are excited to announce the creation of a Shared Street network across several of Downtown Brooklyn’s core streets.
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, are planning to expand Downtown Brooklyn’s network of Shared Streets to more of the neighborhood’s core blocks. The proposal stems from the success of the existing Willoughby Shared Street, the increasing need to adapt public space for use by pedestrians and cyclists, and the recommendations of DBP’s Public Realm Action Plan, which puts forward a plan for the streetscape that prioritizes people over cars and trucks.
In 2019, NYCDOT installed Brooklyn’s very first Shared Street, comprising a redesign of Pearl Street (from Fulton to Willoughby Streets) and Willoughby Street (from Pearl to Lawrence Streets) that enhanced safety while increasing mobility and livability.
The new Downtown Brooklyn Shared Streets will likewise be converted to a full time “Shared Street” configuration, where pedestrians and cyclists share space with vehicles that are restricted to a 5mph speed limit. The Shared Street is modeled on what has already proven safe and successful in many cities including Seattle, Pittsburgh, Melbourne, and Barçelona.
DOT and DBP will implement a series of alterations, including:
- Adding curb extensions and shortening pedestrian crossings on select streets
- Adding bollards, planters, street furniture, and new signage and bicycle corrals
- Traffic calming measures with an advisory 5MPH vehicle speed limit
- Adding signature asphalt art to pedestrian spaces - to enliven the streetscape and increase safety