As we close 2019, it is time to recognize the street designs that made our communities more livable and safer.
Like the Oscar for Best Picture, there’s something for everybody: Blockbuster proposals like free transit! Smart city developments! Traffic calming medians! New bus shelters with Adam Sandler’s face on them!
One caveat: This year’s nominees would certainly have included New York City’s passage of a “streets master plan” bill that requires the mayor to build 250 miles of protected bus lanes and 150 miles of dedicated bus lanes over the next five years, but the bill passed partly because 29 cyclists have died on Gotham streets this year, so the city hardly gets credit for finally recognizing it has a problem. Vision Zero isn’t just about the first word — it’s about the second one.
So for now, here are the nominees for the Janette Sadik-Khan Award for Boldest Plan: