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Crescent Street Bike Lane Presentation

Crescent Street Bike Lane Presentation

Alexa Jakob

June 13, 2022
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  1. CRESCENT STREET BIKE LANE Philosophy of Infrastructure, Spring 2022 Alexa

    Jakob
  2. ASTORIA, QUEENS

  3. ASTORIA, QUEENS: A DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOOD

  4. CRESCENT STREET: A CENTRAL ARTERY

  5. OVERVIEW I. Bike Lanes as Network II. Role of Bike

    Lanes in Street Safety III. Bike Lanes as Gentrification Harbinger
  6. BIKE LANES AS NETWORK

  7. A LARGE NETWORK 773,000 New Yorkers ride a bicycle regularly,

    with over 530,000 cycling trips a day 1,375 miles of bike lanes in NYC – the most in the country! Varying levels of protection
  8. UNLIKE OTHER NETWORKS “endowed with modernity's technological networks, the urban

    fabric became a nexus of entry-exit points for a myriad of interconnected circuits and conduits” (Kaika 28)
  9. UNLIKE OTHER NETWORKS

  10. NETWORK AGENCY? Is this network responsible for people’s deaths or

    injuries while using it? Do our streets absolve themselves of responsibility for the safety of cyclists, motorists? How much agency can we assign to inanimate infrastructure?
  11. STREET SAFETY

  12. VISION ZERO

  13. VISION ZERO

  14. INVESTMENTS & IMPACTS ARE UNEQUAL

  15. ETHICAL ISSUES Transit justice, gender justice, racial justice, climate justice:

    whose deaths are acceptable? Which areas should be prioritized vs deprioritized? The bicycle as mode of transportation, rather than leisure or lifestyle preference: how to prioritize it, or at least value it as much as driving?
  16. GENTRIFICATION

  17. COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

  18. GENTRIFICATION

  19. GENTRIFICATION “difficult for delivery vans to serve our families in

    Astoria” “our city should have compassion for the many families who lack the financial means to afford a driveway” “As a community, we ought to stand in solidarity; we must make it clear to city leaders when new transportation initiatives are hurting New Yorkers.”
  20. CONCLUSION

  21. KEY TAKEAWAYS Technological drama! Bike lanes are future-looking and collective

    infrastructure Unique porosity of bike lanes compared to other networks Choices in street design reflect societal values