Vision Zero in Harlem
By Wayne Sheppard
As a Harlem New York resident for almost 30 years of my life, I was thrilled to see that the area of Broadway, between West 135th& West 153rd Streets, has been included in NYCDOT’s Vision Zero Program.
NYCDOT is studying corridor safety conditions on Broadway, in the Hamilton Heights (aka Harlem) neighborhood of Manhattan. Broadway has been listed as a priority in the Vision Zero Manhattan Pedestrian Safety Plan.
The proposal includes several safety improvements to be installed or constructed in this area. These improvements include creating two lanes in each direction with turning bays, a wide parking lane, and expanded pedestrian space in the center medians. New markings and signage will create simpler, safer left turns.
Additionally, DOT will continue to work with the community to identify select locations where turn restrictions will improve safety.