Two Meetings This Week Will Cover Street Safety, and Other Transportation Issues

Cars on the Riverside Drive service road, as seen in a video made by advocates for more safety rules.

Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee will be meeting on Tuesday night at 250 West 87th Street at 7 p.m. to discuss the dicey situation for pedestrians on Riverside Drive service road, among other issues. Some residents have been advocating for more action to make cars slow down on the road between 97th and 100th Street (speed bumps were installed from 92nd to 95th Street after community pressure).

See the full transportation committee agenda below:

1.    72 West 69th Street (Columbus Avenue.) Application EIN#84-1275621 to the Department of Transportation for a revocable consent to construct, maintain and use an exterior wheel chair lift and metal platform with steps and metal railing.
2.    Playstreet, West 93rd Street. Request for a temporary playstreet by Manhattan School for Children/ PS 333 on West 93rd Street (Amsterdam- Columbus Avenues) on school days, 10:30am-12:30pm.
3.    West 85th and 86th Street (West End Avenue.) Request to reconsider the “No Standing” regulations at the corner of 85th and 86th and West End Avenue.
4.    Update on pedestrian safety concerns on the Riverside Drive service road.

In addition, the Broadway Democrats are hosting a meeting on Thursday night to hear from experts about transportation. Check out the flyer below.


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    1. Margaret says:

      That’s a great lineup for the Broadway Democrats panel, although I wish they included some representation from Columbia University. Thank you for highlighting.

      Since de Blasio took office in 2013, safety for everyone in this zone has improved SO dramatically. Compare the Vision Zero view between 2012 and 2017 here:, for a look at how dangerous that area used to be – both injuries and fatalities to pedestrians and drivers. Scary how many injuries and deaths there used to be.

      Another important focus and hopefully they discuss this: the commuting patterns across zipcodes 10025, 10026, and 10027. You have 92,000 workers and of them, only around 6,000 currently drive alone to work, 2,000 take a taxi or Uber, while 10,000 walk and 64,500 take transit. Are transportation policies appropriately designed for the community’s needs?

      One more point on the commuting patterns that’s so interesting: these are US Census stats that average across the years 2012-2016. Over this period, the number of residents who primarily commute by bike was small, and likely to have increased a lot after Citibike expanded to the area.