Approve the DoT's proposed changes to Morningside Avenue, with bike lanes
  • Petitioning Chairwoman Henrietta Lyle
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

Community Board 10
Chairwoman Henrietta Lyle
Community Board 9
Chairwoman Georgiette Morgan-Thomas
City Council District 9
Councilwoman Inez Dickens
City Council District 7
Katarzyna Gawin
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Approve the DoT's proposed changes to Morningside Avenue, with bike lanes

    1. Petition by

      JP Partland

      New York, NY

The NYC DoT has wisely suggested redesigning traffic patterns on Morningside Avenue. While the design has many merits—it will reduce motorized vehicle speed and make the street much safer to both use and cross--it has left cyclists and cycling out of the mix. 

Even within the proposed redesign, there is room for bike lanes. The proposed fourteen-foot wide parking lanes are very wide. There is easily room for five-foot wide bike lanes within that space--that is put a bike lane on both the north- and south-bound lanes in between the parking lane and the travel lans. Five feet is the width of the lanes on St. Nicholas Avenue, where the parking lanes are nine feet wide.

Harlem doesn't have its share of bicycle lanes, which hurts our community. Bicycle lanes on Morningside Avenue will be great for the residents of Harlem. First, for the many who are uncomfortable riding in places where cars seem to own the road. Second, for the bike riders in Harlem who find the major boulevards and avenues too congested and motor vehicle speeds too high for safe riding. Third, bike lanes make streets safer. 

Bike lanes will encourage physical activity for young and old, and everyone in between. With obesity a serious issue in Harlem, we are compromising our children's long-term well-being by depriving them of safe spaces to play, exercise and travel to school. Adults, a group that also increasingly suffers from obesity, can also use the space, both for commuting and for exercise, improving access to parks and protected cycling spaces, improving their quality of life by making commutes safer and exercise easier.

Children develop lifelong habits early. By providing the infrastructure to encourage safe, healthy modes of transportation for students from all five schools on Morningside Ave as well as easier, safer access to schools further north and south, we can set our children on a path towards a healthy, environmentally responsible lifestyle.

The complete DoT proposal can be found here http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2013-09-morningside-ave-mn-cb9-cb10.pdf

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. CB10 Votes for Street redesign

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      It happened! No word on whether or not a formal bike lane will be put in. But if it doesn't, there's still a chance for that as the Vision Zero movement is gearing up.

      Writing of which, there will be a Vision Zero Task Force meeting THIS MONDAY, June 16, at the Alhambra ballroom, 126th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. 6:30pm.

      This will give everyone a chance to come in and help point to places where the streets are unsafe, why, and help figure out what can be done to make them safer.

      Morningside Ave is but one street, and there are lots of places where motor vehicle traffic makes movement difficult and dangerous.

      Streetsblog New York City

      Last night, Manhattan Community Board 10 approved the NYC DOT plan to add pedestrian islands and trim traffic lanes on 10 blocks of Morningside Avenue [ PDF]. A concerted effort from neighborhood street safety advocates and local elected officials, including City Council Member Mark Levine and State Senator Adriano Espaillat, helped overcome recalcitrance at CB 10, which dragged its feet for nearly a year before yesterday's vote.

    2. CB10 Transportation Committee Votes to Move Forward w/ Road Diet

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      Daily News on the job.

      Safety improvements on deck for Harlem's Morningside Ave.

      Finally, a green light. Harlem's community board seems poised to pull its foot off the brake so the city can deliver traffic-safety improvements to a dangerous strip of Morningside Ave.

    3. Streetsblog on CB10 continuing to oppose safety measures

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      Coverage of the May, 2014 CB10 Full meeting

      Streetsblog New York City

      by Stephen Miller Wednesday night, Manhattan Community Board 10 in Harlem continued to obstruct a street redesign that could save lives. A safety overhaul for speeding-plagued Morningside Avenue, requested by local residents and developed by DOT, has been stalled as the board refuses to back any plan that includes a reduction in the number of car lanes.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Decision-maker Katarzyna Gawin responds:

      Katarzyna Gawin

      We need real bike paths for real bike transportation.
      Bicycle accidents can't be eliminated entirely by protected bicycle lanes and building more roads for healthy writers. Its important to keep improving and investing in health and safe...


    6. CB10 Chair spoke to people wanting change on Morningside

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      Wednesday night's meeting sponsored by North Star, as covered by Streetsblog.

      Streetsblog New York City

      by Stephen Miller Wednesday night, Harlem road diet supporters and opponents met in an attempt to find common ground on what can be done to improve safety on Morningside Avenue. The move comes in advance of DOT releasing a second plan for the street, after its first design encountered opposition from Community Board 10.

    7. CB10 Puts on brakes

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      The Columbia Spectator keeps up to date.

      Morningside Avenue slowdown to wait until spring, after CB10 emphasizes concerns

      Math professor joins New York Times as chief data scientist

    8. DNA Info digs in a bit, CB9 and CB10 chairs respond.

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      Great to read. Good work by the reporter.

      New Video Stokes Battle on Harlem's Morningside Avenue Safety Improvements

      HARLEM - A new video showing cars traveling up to 17 miles per hour above the city's speed limit on Morningside Avenue in Harlem is helping to renew a push for changes to the street.

    9. Streetsblog gives an update, with the video the centerpiece

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      Video: Drivers Endanger Lives on Morningside Avenue as CB 10 Dithers

      Streetsblog New York City

      While Manhattan Community Board 10 fails to take action, proposed measures to make Morningside Avenue safer for pedestrians continue to languish. Among other changes, DOT has proposed restriping Morningside between 116th Street and 126th Street from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction with a center striped median, concrete pedestrian islands and left turn lanes [ PDF].

    10. Video evidence of the dangers pedestrians face on Morningside

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      Destinations Unknown Productions spent some time on Morningside and this is what they found.

      Pedestrian safety on Morningside Avenue

      The Department of Transportation's proposed changes for Morningside Avenue have yet to be approved. This video reflects community sentiment for increased safety and desire for changes.

    11. CB10 Votes to wait on changes

      JP Partland
      Petition Organizer

      This is why we need more people to sign on.

      Harlem community board puts brakes on city plan to slow down speeding traffic on Morningside Ave.

      Courtesy NYC DOT This is a portion of Morningside Ave. in Harlem before the city Dept. of Transportation installed road striping to slow traffic by reducing the number of traffic lanes A plan to make traffic safety improvements to an 11-block stretch in Morningside Heights has hit a red light.

    12. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • lisa schaffner NEW YORK, NY
      • 5 months ago

      Morningside Avenue is wide open. A great place to get somewhere fast. It does not have many barriers for cars to zip up or down it. Unfortunately walkers are do not have many places to cross the avenue safely. Bikers beware. Cars are going 30+mph. How do I know? I am one of them. The feeling when driving is expansive after the hinderances of other streets and avenues. I "find" myself going above the speed limit. Please change Morningside Avenue so that it is safe for everyone: walkers, riders, and drivers.

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    • Nathan Oliver JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • 5 months ago

      I ride a bike in NYC. 80% of our public space is devoted to cars but only about 1/2 of NY'ers drive. Streets should be designed to move people not move cars.

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    • Reyna Franco NEW YORK, NY
      • 5 months ago

      As a cyclist and a parent, we need more safe areas for ourselves and our children to ride. Cycling is a great way for adults and kids to get to school, work and to get exercise, but we need bike lanes in order to do this safely.

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    • Cynthia Guile NEW YORK, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Safety for all who share the road

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    • Felicity Howlett NEW YORK, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Ride a bicycle all over the city - Need safe passage for me and for all two and four-wheel vehicles.

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