Make Broadway Safer to Walk & Bike

Van Cortlandt Park is the crown jewel of the Northwest Bronx, a respite for the community from the urban bustle with many amenities for residents of all ages. Unfortunately, the road at it's western border, Broadway, behaves more like a highway than a community street.

From 2012 to 2016, 41 pedestrians and cyclists were injured and 3 pedestrians were killed on Broadway next to Van Cortlandt Park. Last year, a 76-year old woman was killed while crossing Broadway near W 246th St, which reveals the need for more street safety improvements that go beyond just stop lights. 

With a street design that encourages speeding for vehicles moving from Yonkers to Manhattan, we need a safer way for pedestrian and cyclist to access Van Cortlandt Park that also curbs speeding on Broadway.

Narrower vehicle lanes, pedestrian islands, sidewalk extensions and a dedicated, 2-way protected bike lane alongside the park would provide our community with a safer, stress-free access to the park and turn Broadway from a speedway, to a street inclusive of all road users.

This petition will be delivered to
City Council Member Andrew Cohen, Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz, Bronx Community Board 8
Broadway resembles and behaves more like a highway than the community street that provides access to Van Cortlandt Park, our respite from the bustle of New York City.

The current street design encourages speeding for vehicles moving from Yonkers to Manhattan, leaving us community residents without a safe way to access the park.

From 2012 to 2016, 41 pedestrians and cyclists were injured and 3 people were killed on Broadway next to Van Cortlandt Park. Just last year, a 76-year old woman was killed while crossing Broadway near W 246th St, revealing the need for more street safety improvements that go beyond just stop lights and crosswalks.

We need a 2-way protected bike lane alongside the park, along with narrower vehicle lanes, pedestrian islands and sidewalk extension to provide our community with a safer, stress-free access to the park and turn Broadway from a speedway, to a street inclusive of all road users.
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