The corridor of Riverside Drive borders the Upper West Side’s beloved Riverside Park, but is dangerous for many to cross. A 5-year-old member of our community was hit by a car while he was crossing West 108th Street along Riverside Drive, in the crosswalk, during the walk signal, on April 11, 2018.
The local community is all too familiar with witnessing crashes along Riverside Drive. High speeds imperil drivers, bikers, and pedestrians. And dangerously wide intersections encourage drivers to violate the pedestrian right of way. Moreover, the intersection with 108th Street in particular invites collisions with pedestrians by the poor timing of the walk signal for north- and south-bound pedestrians. To prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths, we need a new design at Riverside Drive and 108th Street, and signal priority for pedestrians along the corridor of Riverside Park.
The intersection of Riverside Drive & West 108th Street in particular is highly problematic, given the large distance needed to cross the avenue, alongside poor signal timing that makes it difficult to walk safely. A 5-year-old member of our community was hit by a car while crossing West 108th Street along Riverside Drive, in the crosswalk, during the walk signal, on April 11, 2018. He’s one of nine to be injured at this intersection since 2014, three of them were injured in 2018 alone.
To prevent pedestrian injuries and fatalities, we need a safer redesign of Riverside Drive that includes proven safety measures such as these: pedestrian islands to shorten crossing distance; curb extensions for better visibility; Lead Pedestrian Intervals to allow pedestrians to cross without worrying about cars turning and to increase their cross time; as well as other complete street safety measures that would curb speeding and increase safety for everyone using Riverside Drive.