Walk the Village: Shared Streets on University Place

University Place provides a quiet and attractive connector between two major and well-loved public spaces in the Village: Washington Square Park and Union Square Parks. Lined with local businesses, students, and thousands of pedestrians who use the street daily. Thanks to recent changes on the M14 busway corridor, University Place is no longer a through street for cars, is seeing less traffic than ever, and more density on the sidewalks. As such, University Place offers the potential to celebrate Manhattan’s density by becoming one of New York’s early pioneers of the Department of Transportation's park-like Shared Streets program. 

A pedestrian-friendly landscape on University Place should feature:

Pedestrian-focused space -- a street where cars and bicycles are considered an “invited guest.” Motorized vehicles are already permitted to enter from 14th Street, but must yield to pedestrians in the space.

Greenery and park-like amenities.

Traffic Calming. Chicanes (road curves) calm a limited number of motorized vehicles navigating the space, creating a five miles-per-hour slow zone.

Residents have long called for the prioritization of two-footed transportation in Greenwich Village, where other modes are slow-rolling guests. With the Shared Street design, city planners have demonstrated the capacity of a new type of street environment that puts people first. Let’s link these burgeoning public spaces and parks together in Greenwich Village, and calm vehicular traffic by creating a Shared Street on University Place!

Photo credit: Vishaan Chakrabarti

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Manhattan Community Board 2, Council Member Carlina Rivera
University Place provides a quiet and attractive connector between two major and well-loved public spaces in the Village: Washington Square Park and Union Square Parks. Lined with local businesses, students, and thousands of pedestrians who use the street daily. Thanks to recent changes on the M14 busway corridor, University Place is no longer a through street for cars, and is seeing less traffic than ever, and more density on the sidewalks. As such, University Place offers the potential to celebrate Manhattan’s density by becoming one of New York’s early pioneers of the Department of Transportation's park-like Shared Streets program.

A pedestrian-friendly landscape should feature: (1) a street where cars and bicycles are considered an “invited guest” in a pedestrian-focused space; (2) the addition of greenery and park-like amenities; (3) chicanes (road curves) calm a limited number of motorized vehicles navigating the space, creating a five miles-per-hour slow zone; and (4) motorized vehicles are already permitted to enter from 14th Street, but must yield to pedestrians in the space.

Residents have long called for the prioritization of two-footed transportation in Greenwich Village, where other modes are slow-rolling guests. With the Shared Street design, city planners have demonstrated the capacity of a new type of environment that puts people first. Let’s link these burgeoning Greenwich Village public spaces and parks together, and calm vehicular traffic by creating a Shared Street on University Place!
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