On Tuesday, Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee will discuss the possibility of installing a protected bike lane on Central Park West in the wake of the death of Madison Jane Lyden, an Australian woman who was hit and killed by a truck while biking on the avenue last month.
Central Park West has a painted bike lane on the uptown side of the street next to the park. That’s where Lyden was biking until a livery cab pulled out into the lane, forcing her into the street. Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives argues that Lyden’s death was both “predictable and preventable,” noting that protected lanes (separated from moving cars by barriers or parked cars) make streets safer for everyone. The group posted a petition demanding a two-way protected lane on CPW. As of Monday, it had received 506 signatures.
The Community Board has previously asked the city to look into installing a protected lane on Central Park West, according to board member Ken Coughlin. City Council Member Helen Rosenthal backs a protected lane.
The city Department of Transportation said last month that it is studying “the Central Park West area” to determine if there are any “potential enhancements.” A spokesman did not respond to a question about why there had not been further action before.
The meeting will take place at 250 West 87th Street on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
Photo by Carol Tannenhauser.