Pedestrian plazas good for business - New York News

Pedestrian plazas good for business

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NEW YORK (AP) - A new study shows that New York City's pedestrian plazas and protected bike lanes are a boon for business.

The Department of Transportation study shows that retail sales jumped 172% three years after the very first pedestrian plaza opened in Brooklyn's Dumbo section.

On Pearl Street in Manhattan's Financial District, sales during peak seasons increased 14% in stores along a mini plaza.

The DOT said three years after the project was completed, shops along the route of the protected bike lane on Ninth Avenue between 23rd and 31st streets saw a 49% increase in retail sales.

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