Community Board 7 Meeting- December 11, 2012 7pm
Where: Congregation Rodelph Sholom
About: Safer Streets for the Upper West Side, including extension of the Columbus Ave protected bike lane from 59-110th Streets and discussion of a possible safe northbound route through the UWS.
Why you should come: So kids like the one pictured above have safe routes to get to school or visit friends. The little guy pictured above loves his bicycle and at this point in his life, he probably believes that he’ll always ride a bicycle to get around. When he gets older, it’ll be illegal for him to ride on the sidewalk. Maybe he’ll feel confident enough to ride with traffic or maybe he’ll be too scared and give up riding a bicycle all together. Either way, it’s our responsibility to ensure that he has a choice and that the roads will be safer for him and all the other children of this neighborhood. Bike lanes aren’t for racing or training. Protected bike lanes create safe passage for people on bikes, skateboards and push scooters. They also make it easier for people on mobility scooters to get around too (curb cuts for sidewalks can make things very difficult for them to get around). Bike lanes and more people on bikes make the streets safer for everyone, people on foot or in car included.
So please, join tomorrow if you can. If the little guy decides to stop riding a bicycle when he grows up, please let it be due to a general lack of interest- not because he’s afraid of getting hurt or killed. Let’s build a better UWS for the next generation.
I hope to see you there.