Upper West Side Pedestrians Injured in Two Crashes on Same Block

bway_71.jpgBetween 1995 and 2005, there were over 100 pedestrian and cyclist injuries where Broadway and Amsterdam meet at 71st Street, according to Transportation Alternatives’ Crashstat. One block north, three pedestrians were killed during the same period — one on Amsterdam and two on Broadway. Image: Google Maps

We received word from a reader that a pedestrian was hit at W. 71st and Broadway at around 8:15 last night. NYPD said the victim was transported to Cornell Hospital in critical condition. A department spokesperson told Streetsblog "no criminality" was suspected and that the investigation is ongoing. 

FDNY confirmed a second Upper West Side collision yesterday. At approximately 5:14 p.m. a male believed to be in his 20s was struck, "possibly" by a yellow cab, at W. 70th and Amsterdam. The victim was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt. His condition is unknown.

The history of violence on these streets shows the urgent need to extend the new infrastructure planned for Columbus Avenue up and down the wide avenues of the Upper West Side. Bringing bike lanes and pedestrian islands to Broadway and Amsterdam would go a long way toward reducing the frequency of driver-on-pedestrian violence and making the neighborhood safer for the vast majority of street users.

  • Cars

    Its amazing the amount of damage cars do with little in repercussions.

  • Jay

    Not to suggest this location does not need more attention, but citing accidents between 1995 and 2005 is not very helpful.

    That period includes a lot of construction for the new headhouse that opened around 2002. How do we know if some of those accidents weren’t attributable to the construction?

    Also, the movements (both pedestrians and vehicles) are different now with the new entrance, the elimination of a lane, and changes in turning locations. Accidents from 1995 may not be related at all to the configuration on the ground today.

  • Those are some long crosswalks

  • westsider
  • Lisa

    This photo looks like the first crash to me. It happened closer to 5:00 p.m. and was in this crosswalk pictured. The second crash, and the one that appears to be more serious, happened closer to 8:30 p.m. and in the crosswalk from the south pedestrian island to the corner of McDonald’s. The second crash didn’t get cleared away until 10:30 p.m. and was, sadly, very blood-strewn and intense. This is the same intersection that had a cab jump the north pedestrian island and land steps from the subway entrance less than a year ago. Re-design is badly needed.

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