Municipal Arts Society Presents “Shared Streets,” A Panel on Making Bike Lanes Work in NYC

by , 04/04/11
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Whether it’s the heated debate over the Prospect Park West Bike Lane or controversy over cyclists getting tickets in Central Park, bike lanes have been the talk of the town lately in New York City. To foster healthy discussion about the concept of shared streets and their vitality to our city, the Municipal Art Society is hosting a panel tonight. Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn will introduce the panel, which includes several high-profile transportation experts. Not only will it address the issue of bike lanes, but “Shared Streets: Making it Work” will also discuss bus corridors, pedestrian plazas, and street safety.

Andrea Bernstein, director of the Transportation Nation Project at WNYC, will moderate the panel. Panelists include Gil Peñalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities and former commissioner of Parks, Sports and Recreation in Bogotá, Colombia; Kate Slevin, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign; Sam Schwartz, president, chief executive officer and founder of Sam Schwartz Engineering.

Questions will revolve around issues central to New York City and Mayor Bloomberg’s quest for a greener, more sustainable city. They will address specific examples like the 34th Street Bus Corridor and planned bike lanes while also discussing what other cities around the world are doing.

Given that public transportation in NYC has been a hot topic of late, seats are bound to fill up fast, so get there early. The event is free for students, $10 for members of the Municipal Arts Society, and $15 for the general public.

Shared Streets: Making it Work
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway at Prince Street
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.