In October 2012 the New York City Department of Transport published Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets. The report details the metrics NYCDOT uses to evaluate street projects and illustrates how measuring results can show progress toward safe, sustainable, liveable and economically competitive streets.
Cities need to set new goals for their streets to meet the needs of a growing population and to address vehicle crashes, traffic congestion, under-performing bus and bike networks, and environments that are inhospitable for pedestrians. The projects described in this report demonstrate how New York has been able to transform its streets by blending new technologies with time-tested tools. The metrics shown in the report are used to measure success and inform the design of future projects.
NYCDOT's approach has three design goals:
To measure success they track six metrics: