The city has drafted a plan to redesign the streets from 55th Street to 86th Street, making them safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and smoother for drivers. The plan, which will be presented at a meeting Wednesday night at John Jay College at 6 p.m., is 98 pages long. A brief review of the recommendations revealed some highlights. Here they are, in handy bulleted form:
- Dangerous intersections should be redesigned with things like countdown clocks, and extended curbs that make intersections shorter. One intersection that could be shortened is at West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive.
- The city could create designated left turn lanes to improve pedestrian safety at major intersections like 66th, 79th and 86th Street.
- The city plans to add commercial parking zones in about 15 locations to keep trucks from double-parking when they have to make deliveries. This will cut about 30 spaces. The DOT’s parking study showed that on-street parking on the Upper West Side is already essentially 100% full for much of the day and this will presumably remove spaces for cars.
- Bicycle parking could be added at six locations, including Lincoln Square and 75th and Broadway.
- The city could remake medians (like the one in the photo above) so that they are wider and don’t make people walk around them and into the street in order to make the light.
We’ve posted a basic semi-readable map of some of the big changes below that you can click on to enlarge. If you have the stomach, read the whole report. It’s important!
Images via DOT.