Chrystie Street is one of the Lower East Side’s busiest and most traveled streets. On one side, Chrystie St. is framed by mixed-use commercial and residential space. On the other side lies the historic Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the Lower East Side’s largest green space, which serves people of all ages with space for play and events, a senior center, and seasonal vendors’ markets. A two-way protected bicycle lane can improve the streetscape alongside the park, increase flow for bicycling and improve parkside access.
People walking or biking on Chrystie Street deserve safer access at critical intersections that are the nexus with adjoining neighborhoods. Its intersections with major thoroughfares should take priority for traffic-calming measures.
We call on the Community Board 3 and Department of Transportation to implement the following improvements on Chrystie Street:
- Safer and improved sidewalks and crosswalks, and the addition of pedestrian refuge islands
- Traffic calming measures at the base of the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges
- A two-way, protected bicycle lane along the edge of Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and access to bicycle parking
- Separated turning lanes and signal-phased traffic lights to facilitate direction to motorists and reduce traffic crashes by up to 58%