THE ISSUE: PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ON RIVERSIDE BOULEVARD
On June 9, 2014, Shoba Pala-Krishnan representing the Committee for Pedestrian Safety on Riverside Boulevard and Batya Lewton representing The Coalition for a Livable West Side sent a detailed letter to NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, requesting that:
• the NYCDOT designate Riverside Boulevard a 20-mph zone. New York State law says New York City can lower speed limits on streets within 1/4-mile of school without State approval. There is pedestrian traffic to Riverside South Park, from four schools: The River School (62nd and 63rd on West End Avenue); Dwight Early Learning Center (66th and Riverside Blvd.); Bilingual Buds (68th and Riverside Blvd.); and Small Wonder (69th between Riverside Blvd. and Freedom Place);
• the NYCDOT install flexible, reflective pedestrian crossing YIELD SIGNS and STOP SIGNS at all intersections/crossings on Riverside Boulevard. Riverside Boulevard is the primary access road to the Riverside South waterfront park; and
• the NYCDOT create an extra-large ( 3 inches high and twenty feet wide) raised crossing, compliant with ADA rules, at West 68th Street. This is an important crossing to the park.
THESE CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO INSURE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ON RIVERSIDE BOULEVARD
Crossing Riverside Boulevard to go to the park is very dangerous. Drivers routinely ignore pedestrian safety signs.
In 2011, NYCDOT instituted aTraffic Calming Plan for Riverside Boulevard. The implemented plan does not work because it relies too heavily on enforcement and motorist behavior -- two things that are difficult to monitor or control. NYCDOT short-changed the residents and visitors of Riverside Boulevard by opting for inexpensive roadway treatments that rely heavily on good behavior from motorists.