​ ​ ​September​ ​22,​ ​2017

Polly​ ​Trottenberg
Commissioner,​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Transportation
55​ ​Water​ ​Street,​ ​9th​ ​Floor
New​ ​York,​ ​NY​ ​10041

Dear​ ​Commissioner​ ​Trottenberg:

We,​ ​the​ ​undersigned,​ ​are​ ​concerned​ ​about​ ​any​ ​proposal​ ​to​ ​redesign​ ​Fifth​ ​Avenue​ ​in​ ​Manhattan​ ​above
23rd​ ​Street​ ​that​ ​does​ ​not​ ​include​ ​the​ ​basic​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​true​ ​“complete​ ​street,”​ ​including​ ​robust
pedestrian​ ​safety​ ​improvements​ ​and​ ​protected​ ​bicycle​ ​lanes.

In​ ​2017,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Vision​ ​Zero​ ​era,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​critical​ ​that​ ​all​ ​major​ ​street​ ​redesigns​ ​include​ ​infrastructure​ ​for​​ ​all
road​ ​users.​ ​We​ ​strongly​ ​support​ ​adding​ ​a​ ​vital​ ​dedicated​ ​bus​ ​lane​ ​to​ ​Fifth​ ​Avenue.​ ​However,​ ​basic​ ​safety
features​ ​cannot​ ​be​ ​an​ ​afterthought.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​particularly​ ​important​ ​on​ ​Fifth​ ​Avenue,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the
most​ ​active​ ​corridors​ ​in​ ​the​ ​country​ ​for​ ​vulnerable​ ​people​ ​on​ ​foot​ ​and​ ​bike.​ ​Protected​ ​bicycle​ ​lanes
significantly​ ​reduce​ ​crashes​ ​and​ ​injuries​ ​for​ ​motorists,​ ​bicyclists​ ​and​ ​pedestrians.

Additionally,​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​its​ ​“80​ ​x​ ​50”​ ​goals,​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City​ ​must​ ​commit​ ​fully​ ​to​ ​prioritizing​ ​walking,
biking,​ ​and​ ​mass​ ​transit​ ​to​ ​reduce​ ​carbon​ ​emissions.​ ​This​ ​means​ ​creating​ ​streets​ ​that​ ​incentivize​ ​the
growth​ ​of​ ​all​ ​three​ ​of​ ​these​ ​modes,​ ​including​ ​an​ ​uninterrupted​ ​network​ ​of​ ​protected​ ​bicycle​ ​lanes​ ​easily
accessible​ ​by​ ​all​ ​New​ ​Yorkers.

More​ ​than​ ​15,000​ ​New​ ​Yorkers​ ​have​ ​signed​ ​petitions​ ​calling​ ​for​ ​a​ ​complete​ ​street​ ​on​ ​Fifth​ ​Avenue.​ ​On
behalf​ ​of​ ​the​ ​huge​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Yorkers​ ​who​ ​walk,​ ​bike,​ ​and​ ​take​ ​transit,​ ​we​ ​ask​ ​that​ ​you​ ​go​ ​back​ ​to
the​ ​drawing​ ​board​ ​and​ ​come​ ​back​ ​with​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​a​ ​real​ ​complete​ ​street​ ​on​ ​Fifth​ ​Avenue​ ​from​ ​23rd​ ​to​ ​59th
Street​ ​that​ ​incorporates​ ​the​ ​strongest​ ​pedestrian​ ​and​ ​bicyclist​ ​safety​ ​components,​ ​including​ ​a​ ​protected
bicycle​ ​lane.

Sincerely,
Riders​ ​Alliance Straphangers​ ​Campaign​ ​-​ ​NYPIRG
StreetsPAC Transportation​ ​Alternatives
cc: Manhattan​ ​Community​ ​Board​ ​5
Council​ ​Member​ ​Dan​ ​Garodnick
Council​ ​Member​ ​Corey​ ​Johnson
Manhattan​ ​Borough​ ​President​ ​Gale​ ​Brewer
State​ ​Senator​ ​Brad​ ​Hoylman
Assemblymember​ ​Dick​ ​Gottfried