Imagining a Pedestrian-Friendly Upper West Side
by Avi - July 2, 2010 at 1:40 am -
A group of Upper West Siders has been envisioning a new look for the neighborhood, one that isn’t so dependent on cars. Bike and pedestrian advocates from the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance recently created two videos looking at what would happen if the neighborhood were transformed to appeal more to pedestrians and less to automobiles. They even created before-and-after renderings of different streets in the neighborhood, set to techno music. Ooh, a civic-minded dance party. Groovy.
The plans go far beyond the protected bike lanes that were approved to be built on Columbus Avenue in the next few months.
In one of the renderings, Broadway is closed off to cars at 75th Street. In another, side streets are redesigned to make cars weave through a kind of concrete maze so they slow down. Lisa Sladkus and Mark Gorton, two locals who have advocated for more bike lanes and other changes to the streetscape, narrate a second video that expands on how the changes would make the neighborhood safer. Check the videos out, and send in your own suggestions.