• WVC Staff

Sidewalk Width and Social Distancing

It will come as no surprise to residents of the West Village. Our narrow sidewalks often require a meandering dance from the sidewalk to the street to keep the recommended six feet of personal space needed to maintain the minimum social distance deemed safe while outside our homes.


A website was recently launched to visualize the difficulty of trying to social distance when walking on the sidewalks of New York City. Sidewalkwidths.nyc uses sidewalk data from the City’s Open Data program to color-code city sidewalks, green, blue, yellow, orange, or red depending on the sidewalk width of a particular city block.


Advocates of closing city streets to vehicle traffic to allow residents more open space to travel, exercise, or simply get some fresh air, have used the website to apply additional pressure on the Mayor and City Council to create more open space by closing streets to vehicle traffic.

What do you think?

Sources:

https://www.sidewalkwidths.nyc

https://data.cityofnewyork.us/City-Government/Sidewalk/vfx9-tbb6


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