CITY AIMS TO REMAKE UWS STREETS; PEDESTRIAN SAFETY STRESSED, BUT WE COULD LOSE PARKING

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:

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.

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    1. LKN says:

      I say BOO to turn-only lanes, wider medians, and especially to reduced regular street parking! Cars will swerve and merge to avoid turn-onlys, pedestrians are still going to step out in the street, and middle-class, non-garage drivers will suffer even more than they already do to find parking. Drivers looking for parking, by the way, only add to the volume of car traffic as they circle around and around looking for a space. BOO, BOO, and BOO!

    2. Harriet says:

      I’m not in favor or left-turn only lanes. Everywhere in the country that I see them, drivers race through AFTER the left turn arrow turns red. I think that left-turn only lanes will be very bad for pedestrians.

    3. jerry says:

      Just look at the great job the DOT has done at 72nd Street and Broadway. Southbound traffic delays now regularaly extend from 70th Street to Citarella and beyond. And as LKN and Harriet have pointed out, these dedicated left turn lanes are a really bad idea.

    4. Cato says:

      Look, let’s face it. New York drivers ignore rules. The more rules there are, the more drivers will be feel compelled to show their power by flouting them.

      Put in a left turn lane, and the more drivers there are who will race in the non-turn lane to cut ahead of those who are in it.

      Extend the sidewalks to reduce the pedestrian crossing times, and the more drivers there are who will feel compelled to pull farther into the crosswalk to block them off, saving a milli-second or two from their car trip.

      And so on. The best thing the City could do to improve pedestrian safety (short of banning auto traffic altogether, of course) would be to post signs everywhere *requiring* drivers to talk on cell phones all the time, and *prohibiting* drivers from using turn signals to announce a turn.

      Or maybe it could enforce the existing rules. It would be so much safer and easier to cross at existing crosswalks if pedestrians didn’t have to be constantly careful of the driver making an unannounced turn while yakking away on a cell phone.

      Just sayin’.

    5. Dante says:

      THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THIS IS …..MAYOR MIKE FOR A 4TH TERM SO HE CAN FINISH WHAT HE STARTED

    6. E says:

      Who is irresponsible enough to live in Manhattan and own a car and drive it around in Manhattan? I have no sympathy for those that demand that the city provide them with non-garage (i.e., city-subsidized) parking.

      If you’re going to own a car in the city, at least own up to the costs.

      • Richard says:

        Hear-hear to E’s post. If you can afford to live on the UWS, then factor in the real price of keeping a car in Manhattan, and stop polluting our streets with your crummy cars!!!!!