Fewer Curb Cuts on the
Upper West Side
Dear Borough President Fields:
It does not make much sense that pedestrians on sidewalks or at curb cuts are
expected to look for turning cars-it is the responsibility of the motorist.
Unfortunately, motorists in NYC are notorious for not yielding to pedestrians:
54% of pedestrians struck in crosswalks are crossing with the light.
Landmark West, a West Side
civic group, is opposing a special permit to open a public parking garage that
will require adding another curb cut at 1926 Broadway (64th to 65th Streets).
The enormous 29-story mixed-use building at that address already has two curb
cuts; the developer has proposed adding a third curb cut and a 250-car garage.
This is an area with a great deal of foot traffic. Multiply three curb cuts
per building by tens of thousands of buildings and you can see why neighbors
are concerned. Creeping clusters of curb cuts crush the city's already
threatened pedestrian spaces. This proliferation of parking garages also
encourages more motorists to enter Manhattan by car. We need to encourage
public transport and don't need to add to vehicular congestion.
Thank you for your time,
Thank You T.A.
This is a fan letter-I just want to let all of you at T.A. know how much I
appreciate your work. I joined three or four years ago, when I first got a
bike and started puttering around. T.A. provided a way to learn about cycling
issues and activities, and to support my new-found interest. Over time, as
I've biked more and, through involvement in neighborhood issues, seen how hard
it is to create and sustain multi-level advocacy, I've become more and more
impressed with the job you do. The terrific Winter 2002 magazine was the
specific inspiration for this letter-full of concrete, practical ideas T.A. is
providing to improve our bicycling (and pedestrian) life, and instructions on
how to follow up. I have seen T.A.'s profile rise over the past several years,
and I think its because T.A. underpins its advocacy with tangible ideas and
actions. T.A.'s voice is more important than ever, and I hope all of you
sustain your energy and commitment-you are really important to our quality of
life in New York City.
Carol S. Kostik