Harlem’s City Councilmember Mark Levine has formally requested that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) install a mid-block crosswalk and traffic light on West 106th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues in Harlem, New York.
In making his case, Councilmember Levine cited the countless seniors and community residents who reside and use services provided by Jewish Home Lifecare, Red Oak, and other community organizations located in the neighborhood who need a safer way to cross the four-lane road with no traffic island. In a letter to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Councilmember Levine argued that the installation of a crosswalk and traffic light will protect this population from either jaywalking across a lengthy four-lane corridor that has no traffic controls, or traveling a substantial distance up a hill to the nearest existing crosswalk.
“In the last three years, the City’s Vision Zero initiative has made substantial progress towards curbing the number of traffic deaths and injuries on City streets,” said Councilmember Levine. “In keeping with that progress, adding a crosswalk and traffic light on 106th Street would make this neighborhood significantly less dangerous by giving hundreds of Red Oak and Jewish Home residents safe passageway between those two organizations. We must address this issue by being proactive before a serious accident happens in our community.”
Roberta Semer, Chair of Community Board 7 said, “I am proud that members of Manhattan Community Board 7 unanimously adopted this resolution in support of a mid-block crosswalk on 106th Street. We care deeply about the safety and quality of life for our senior residents. The cross walk will enhance their lives.”