CB 12 Endorses Pedestrian Improvements for Broadway at Dyckman in Inwood

Left turn bans and added pedestrian space proposed for Broadway, Dyckman Street and Riverside Drive. Image: DOT. Click to enlarge

Manhattan Community Board 12 last night endorsed proposed improvements to a hazardous Broadway intersection in Inwood.

At Broadway at Dyckman/200th Street and Riverside Drive, pedestrians currently must negotiate long crossings while watching for drivers coming from different directions simultaneously. There were 128 crashes at the intersection from 2010 to 2012, according to DOT, resulting in injuries to three cyclists, five pedestrians, and 10 vehicle occupants. Thirty-five pedestrians and cyclists were injured there between 1996 and 2009, according to Transportation Alternatives’ CrashStat.

To shorten crossing distances and eliminate some conflicts between pedestrians and turning drivers, DOT will implement turn bans, signalization tweaks, new signage, and enhancements to pedestrian space. CB 12’s Elizabeth Lorris-Ritter tells Streetsblog that a resolution in support of the proposed fixes cleared the full board Tuesday with little opposition. Based on the timetable presented to the board’s transportation committee earlier this month, DOT should begin work next March.

The board also approved a resolution endorsing changes to Broadway at Nagle and Bennett Avenues, south of Dyckman Street, Lorris-Ritter said.