A community board transportation committee meeting on Tuesday night will address a hot-button issue: how should the Upper West Side change its major avenues to make them safer?
The discussion is not specifically about bike lanes, but its likely to focus on them. Bike lane advocates are pushing for a new protected lane on Amsterdam Avenue like the one on Columbus. The question of whether to add a lane on Amsterdam is controversial: we’ve heard very strong opinions on both sides of the issue, and it split the City Council candidates who we polled a few weeks ago. While several supported new lanes on the UWS, they were not unanimous on whether Amsterdam is the right spot.
Bicycling advocates have been very well-organized when it comes to attending these kinds of meetings and asking for changes. Opponents of the lanes often don’t show up, although we tend to hear from them in comments on our articles, in emails, and on the street. Bike lane policy tends to be set at the Community Board level now, so meetings like this are particularly important.
There were also be talk about potential changes to the streets around 96th street, which is particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Consultants have been studying the area to determine how to make the streets around there safer. You can suggest changes to the area here.
The meeting will be held at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (88th Street) at 6:30 p.m.
Here is the full agenda:
1. Request for a secondary street naming of the northeast corner of West 77th Street and West End Avenue in honor of Miles Davis, who lived at 312 West 77th Street.
2. Request for a secondary street naming of the northeast corner of West 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in honor of Ariel Russo, who lived on the Upper West Side.
3. Continuing discussion of potential changes for CD7’s major north-south corridors (Amsterdam, Broadway, Central Park West, West End Avenue, Riverside Drive) to functionally improve the movement of people in and around our neighborhood and city while creating safer, more pleasant, transportation corridors for all.
4. Discussion of Nelson Nygaard’s, transportation planning consultants, preliminary recommendations of their pedestrian safety study of West 95th-97th Streets, Central Park to Riverside Park, conducted for MCB7 and funded by Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito, Gale Brewer, and Inez Dickens.