Several Brooklyn streets will soon be permanently transformed into pedestrian and bike-friendly boulevards, according to City Hall. Fifth Avenue in Park Slope and Sunset Park as well as Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights – all of which are already popular “Open Streets” dining destinations – will become permanent “Open Boulevards,” while 21st Street in Greenwood Heights will become a “Bike Boulevard,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in May.

“The recovery for all of us will come to life on these streets, where small businesses, restaurants, artists, pedestrians, and cyclists will gather to create the kind of destination you can only find in the greatest city in the world,” de Blasio said.

The program will be a beefed-up version of the existing Open Streets initiative, with more room for dining, spaces for live performances, improved signage, landscaping, and a dedicated marketing campaign to attract tourists.

The planned Bike Boulevard program aims to turn a portion of 21st Street – a hilly, largely residential street with no connection to a larger bike network – into a bike-friendly boulevard with slowed traffic speeds and limited traffic.

Source: Brooklyn Paper

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