- NYC is opening streets for pedestrians and cyclists to allow greater social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Visit nyc.gov/openstreets for locations and information.
- NYC is expanding outdoor seating options for restaurants and bars during NYC’s reopening.
- Visit nyc.gov/openrestaurants to learn more and apply.
Open Streets: Restaurants
- Expanded seating options for restaurants is available on select restaurant corridors citywide by closing streets to traffic to create outdoor dining space.
- Visit nyc.gov/openstreets-restaurants for locations and information.
- The Open Storefronts program assists existing ground-floor storefront businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis.
- Visit nyc.gov/openstorefronts to learn more and apply.
Short-Term Retail Markets
- NYC is seeking businesses to operate a single stall-style concession and/or act as a market operator for a group of businesses to operate stall-style concessions in public plazas.
- Visit nyc.gov/plazamarkets to learn more and apply.
Outdoor Learning - Streets
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
Enhanced Crossings are marked high-visibility crosswalks on calm streets with low vehicle volumes and a strong pedestrian desire to cross. Although the crossing treatments are standard (ADA pedestrian ramps, pedestrian warning signs and high-visibility crosswalk markings), they improve mobility and accessibility of pedestrians. Learn more about Enhanced Crossings
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
DOT is undergoing a comprehensive inventory and assessment of all pedestrian ramps across the City. This effort will help us prioritize work, deploy crews efficiently following resurfacing operations and other types of work, and report progress accurately. Learn more about pedestrian ramps
Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
The borough plans establishes Priority Corridors, Intersections, and Areas and outlines a comprehensive pedestrian safety plan for each borough to guide Vision Zero street safety improvement work. Learn more about Pedestrian Safety Action Plans
Play streets are car-free streets that provide space for active play, recreation, and social and physical activity for children. Community groups coordinate play streets during the summer months to create needed recreational space, and schools can host play streets during the school year when there is construction, playground renovation, or insufficient space for recess. How to request a School Play Street:
- Obtain support from the local Community Board and NYPD Precinct
- Contact NYC DOT Borough Commissioner’s office
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
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
DOT’s School Safety Unit implements the agency’s Vision Zero program by developing street safety improvement projects near city schools. School Safety works with units throughout the agency to identify and implement safety projects, and coordinate the implementation of concrete, markings, signals and signage-based safety treatments. Learn more about School Safety
Turn Calming Program
The Turn Calming program is a citywide effort to reduce left and right turn speeds and enforce safe turning behavior. This program is part of the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and reduce severe injuries. Learn more about Turn Calming 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 Art 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 DOT Art's programs.
Space beneath and adjacent to elevated transportation infrastructure, including above-ground subways, bridges, and highways, is called “El-Space.” DOT is studying, evaluating, and testing new treatments and identifying ways to manage these spaces for access, mobility, safety and connectivity. Learn more about the El-Space Initiative
DOT's projects to develop the city's pedestrian network include both "instant" and long term improvements.
Plazas are a critical transportation asset, servicing the transfer of social, economic and cultural exchanges and goods at the pedestrian scale. They contribute to a safe, walkable and equitable New York City while continuing to serve as a right of way for utility, building, and public transit access. Learn more about the Plaza Program
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. Visit the NYC Street Design Manual website
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 about Street Seats
WalkNYC is New York City’s standard for pedestrian wayfinding. While the City has many signs directing drivers these provide very little benefit to pedestrians. The goal of WalkNYC is to remedy this information and navigation gap.
NYC DOT hosts large-scale, annual car-free events to reimagine the streets of New York City as more inviting public spaces for walking, cycling, playing and much more without the noise and congestion of cars.
Car Free Earth Day
Car Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event that opens thirty blocks along Broadway from Times Square to Union Square. Free, family-friendly environmental programming along the route promotes activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability, and other relevant topics. Learn more about Car Free Earth Day
Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. Learn more about Summer Streets
Weekend Walks are multi-block, multi-day events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space. Community based organizations apply to close commercial streets to vehicles and provide programming that highlights local businesses and New York City’s unique neighborhoods. They create wonderful opportunities for New Yorkers to gather and explore their neighborhoods in a new way. All events are free and open to the public, and feature car-free, family-friendly activities and active lifestyle programming to connect communities. Learn more about Weekend Walks