Take a look at the avenue pictured above, it’s Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side, NYC.
Too much space is dedicated towards motor vehicle traffic. Some people don’t believe we have enough space to implement protected bike lanes. I beg to differ. There is plenty of room on this street.
Campaigning for petition signatures this morning, one person I talked with told me he was concerned about congestion, since he’s a driver. I explained to him that bike lanes don’t cause congestion- cars cause congestion. Protected bike lanes don’t cut down on travel time for drivers but they do reduce speeding, which is a win for all transportation modes. That means less reckless driving and thus, fewer injuries for all. The driver signed the petition in favor of a Safer Amsterdam Avenue.
People on bikes aren’t going away. Our numbers are only going to increase. We need a dedicated space for people on bikes. When everyone knows where they’re supposed to be, it make life easier for all. Plus, it makes getting from A to B more pleasant.
Yes, we have the West Side Greenway and Central Park- but these routes don’t take us directly to the shops, our homes, our friends or our work. People who choose to #bikeNYC deserve a safe northbound route through the Upper West Side (and beyond).
Tonight, CB7’s Transportation committee will be discussing how to make our streets safer on the Upper West Side. If you believe in safer, livable and more human scale streets, I hope you can lend your voice to tonight’s discussion. See you there.
CB7 Tranportation Committee Meeting
July 24, 2013, 6:45pm
250 W 87th St (Southwest corner near Broadway), 2nd Floor