BFJ Planning was retained by Arup, in consultation with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), to undertake a series of studies on managing transportation in Lower Manhattan in particular in regards to all the changes following the 9/11 events. One of BFJ’s assignments was to evaluate alternative storage strategies for commuter and tour buses visiting the World Trade Center site. This study included the possibility of converting existing garages, shared parking with other heavy vehicle operators as well as on-street parking. Other assignments involved studying the traffic impacts of major changes to Fulton Street and enhancing pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure in Lower Manhattan through a shared street project. Consistent with the Bloomberg Administration’s PLANYC 2030 and sustainable streets guidelines the Lower Manhattan Shared Streets project aims to reallocate street space in Lower Manhattan from vehicle-dominated space to streets that accommodate all users regardless of transportation mode, age or physical ability.
Primary objectives of the Shared Streets report included evaluating specific streets in Lower Manhattan where the shared streets concept would be appropriate, as well as outlining a program of design elements and engineering measures to implement the concept. BFJ was charged with examining the safety aspects of shared streets in other urban areas around the world in order to determine strategies that would most effectively contribute to the successful operation of shared streets in Manhattan. This included a review of “before and after” crash data and casualty statistics for roadways that have undergone a shared street transformation.