River-to-River Uptown Crosstown Access

Community Boards 7 and 8,

New Yorkers are choosing walking and cycling as a green and preferred means of transportation on the Upper East and West Sides. Not to mention our neighborhood bus network is slower than ever. Our neighborhoods, however still lack safe east-west corridors for pedestrians and cyclists to move across town. Central Park should bring us all together as the jewel of this island, but the current lack of safe crosstown routes to and through the park oddly separates our communities. Crosstown mobility is at an impasse!

We call on the New York City Department of Transportation to build safe access across Manhattan, from River to River:

  • Protected bicycle lanes on major crosstown arteries of the Upper East and West Sides, not limited to 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 106th, and 110th Streets
  • Thoughtful improvements to prioritize straggling bus movement and improve mass transportation across town
  • Wider sidewalks and pedestrian safety treatments at priority intersections, not as an afterthought but as a central tenet of the redesign
  • Safe connections to our waterfront parks: the Hudson River Greenway and the East River Esplanade, where Vision Zero access is critical across major highways

Together, these changes will dramatically improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike. Central Park should not isolate our communities, but play a better role in bringing New Yorkers together. Plan our streets with the goal of river-to-river mobility in mind, so that we can safely access the park on bicycle or foot, as well as cross the park to attend schools, visit friends and family, or get to work easily and safely!

This petition will be delivered to
Manhattan Community Boards 7 & 8; New York City Council Members District 4, 5 & 6
Community Boards 7 and 8,

New Yorkers are choosing walking and cycling as a green and preferred means of transportation on the Upper East and West Sides. Not to mention our neighborhood bus network is slower than ever. Our neighborhoods, however still lack safe east-west corridors for pedestrians and cyclists to move across town. Central Park should bring us all together as the jewel of this island, but the current lack of safe crosstown routes to and through the park oddly separates our communities. Crosstown mobility is at an impasse!

We call on the New York City Department of Transportation to build safe access across Manhattan, from River to River:

Protected bicycle lanes on major crosstown arteries of the Upper East and West Sides, not limited to 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 106th, and 110th Streets

Thoughtful improvements to prioritize straggling bus movement and improve mass transportation across town

Wider sidewalks and pedestrian safety treatments at priority intersections, not as an afterthought but as a central tenet of the redesign

Safe connections to our waterfront parks: the Hudson River Greenway and the East River Esplanade, where Vision Zero access is critical across major highways
Together, these changes will dramatically improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike. Central Park should not isolate our communities, but play a better role in bringing New Yorkers together. Plan our streets with the goal of river-to-river mobility in mind, so that we can safely access the park on bicycle or foot, as well as cross the park to attend schools, visit friends and family, or get to work easily and safely!
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