DOT's projects to develop the city's pedestrian network include both "instant" and long term improvements.
DOT seeks applications from restaurants for its curbside seating platforms program. The platforms provide outdoor public seating in the curb lane during the warm months and promote local businesses. Such programs are popular in Europe, where narrow sidewalks prevent sidewalk cafés, and have recently been established in California and Canada. Learn more
Streets make up approximately 25% of the City's land area and yet, outside of parks there are few places to sit, rest, socialize, and to enjoy public life. To improve the quality of life for New Yorkers, DOT creates more public open space by reclaiming underutilized street space and transforming it into pedestrian plazas. Learn more
To improve the quality of life and walkability of NYC, DOT partners with local nonprofits to create new public plazas throughout the City. Through the NYC Plaza Program, DOT works with partners to reconfigure streets at appropriate locations to build exciting new destinations that fit the unique needs and character of each community. Learn more about the Plaza Program
DOT installs attractive and durable benches around the city, particularly at bus stops, retail corridors, and in areas with high concentrations of senior citizens. These benches make streets more comfortable for transit riders and pedestrians, especially for those who are older and disabled. Learn more and request a bench
DOT's Urban Art program is a public art initiative to enliven the urban landscape with unexpected temporary art installations on DOT properties in all five boroughs. Organizations or organization-artist teams are invited to apply to one of the three Urban Art Program tracks.
Weekend Walks are temporary pedestrian streets that create great opportunities for New Yorkers to meet, see their neighborhoods in a new way, and relax on summer weekends. Every summer, DOT partners with community groups to present Walks throughout the five boroughs. Local merchants' associations, community groups, and business improvement districts host the Walks as a fun way to highlight local businesses and cultural institutions. Learn more about Weekend Walks
Safety is DOT's first priority in designing the City's streets and public spaces. DOT's projects work to increase safety by reducing opportunities for illegal speeding and aggressive driving. These measures can also enhance pedestrian comfort and flow. Learn about DOT's current street safety projects Learn about DOT's toolkit for slowing traffic for safety
Neighborhood Slow Zones
Neighborhood Slow Zones are a community-based program that reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behavior. The ultimate goal of the program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods. Learn more about Neighborhood Slow Zones
Safe Streets for Seniors
A major pedestrian safety initiative for older New Yorkers, DOT engineers will evaluate pedestrian conditions in targeted neighborhoods citywide from a senior's perspective and make safety improvements. Learn more about Safe Streets for Seniors
Safe Routes to Schools
Safe Routes to Schools is DOT's initiative to improve safety at the City schools with the highest accident rates. DOT examined accident histories around the city's 1,471 elementary and middle schools and is working new traffic and pedestrian signals, high visibility crosswalks and other safety improvements. Learn more about Safe Routes to Schools
Safe Routes to Transit
As part of PlaNYC, DOT is working to improve pedestrian access and calm motor vehicle movement around subway entrances and bus stops to make reaching mass transit easier and more convenient. Learn more about Safe Routes to Transit
We're Walking Here
Every October, International Walk to School Month, DOT celebrates this achievement and creates incentives for students and their families to walk more often. We're Walking Here is a competition that builds safety awareness for students from Kindergarten to high school. Over 100 schools from all five boroughs participated in the 2012-13 competition. Students recorded their walking trips for two weeks in October and November and then submitted their ideas for a Public Service Announcements based on their experiences.
The City has agreed to install pedestrian ramps at all remaining un-ramped locations in the City where pedestrian walkways cross curbs.
Street Design Manual
The New York City Street Design Manual provides policies and design guidelines to city agencies, design professionals, private developers and community groups for the improvement of streets and sidewalks throughout the five boroughs. It is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for promoting higher quality street designs and more efficient project implementation.