Biber Architects

Biber Architects

New York, NY


100 Ideas: 001 Sidewalk Tourist Lanes

By jamesbiber
Oct 7, '11 11:06 AM EST


NY would wither without tourists, but they do drive us crazy.


They stroll more slowly than the typical 85 year-old New Yorker; line up in football-size rows blocking entire sidewalks and, worst of all, they actually wait for green lights before crossing.  Before ‘sidewalk rage’ becomes part of our lexicon we should address this by zoning our sidewalks for the visitors and the home team.

A dashed line would allow the window shoppers to walk at their own pace, leaving the fast lane for the rest of us.  Everyone understands the ‘passing lane’ concept, especially coming from the non-urbs, so let’s apply it to our ‘highways’, The City’s sidewalks.

It will become a matter of pride to avoid the slow lane and declare oneself a real New Yorker by using the fast lane.