Upper West Siders Call on DOT to Make Amsterdam Avenue a Complete Street

Next week — November 10 to be precise — DOT is expected to present a proposal to redesign Amsterdam Avenue for greater safety. The redesign is a long time coming. This summer marked the third time in the past six years that Manhattan Community Board 7 has asked DOT for a protected bike lane on Amsterdam.

On Halloween, neighborhood residents rallied with Transportation Alternatives for a “complete street” design of the avenue, with pedestrian islands and a protected bike lane. Until something changes, Amsterdam remains one of the most dangerous streets on the Upper West Side, with high rates of speeding and injuries.

The two local City Council members, Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine, have called on DOT to implement a protected bike lane on Amsterdam. You’ll see them in this footage of the rally captured by TA’s Luke Ohlson.

“This street you’re looking at right here represents cutting edge, state-of-the-art design principles from about a half century ago,” Levine said at the rally. “We know today that we can build streetscapes that balance the needs of motorists, of mass transit riders, of pedestrians, of bicyclists, of the disabled.”

  • walks bikes drives

    A complete Amsterdam Ave. I’ll believe it when I see it… And then a complete Central Park West.

  • Maggie

    Great video! Looking forward to the DOT presentation of its long-awaited design plan for Amsterdam Avenue. Speeding and overdesign for motorists are rampant. There are so many cyclists here in the neighborhood, and my heart is in my throat that the city’s first Citibike fatality will be here, under the CB Transpo committee auspices of Dan Zweig.

  • Matthias

    Would be a great demonstration that Vision Zero is more than a slogan.

  • Nice to see the action and comments as I was trapped in Austin!

  • HamTech87

    Let’s hope it is not a West End Avenue implementation: ‘Safe Streets for Double Parkers!’

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