Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 2016 Forum: Vision Zero Plans for Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues

Date: Thursday January 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 PM

Place: Red Oak Apartments 135 West 106th Street
between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues

An Expert Panel drawn from the Upper West Side including transportation professionals, policy analysts, and Community Board Members from CB 9 and CB 12, will discuss this complex and controversial plan.

It is almost certain that everyone has heard or experienced the changes in our neighborhood road network and their design in the last several years. As you also have almost certainly heard there is significant debate about the details of this plan. Unfortunately, the process by which the plans have been developed and implemented have invited more partisan displays than sober policy discussions. We have invited qualified members of the community with opinions representing a variety of positions on the efforts to improve our streets for a thoughtful and open discussion. What is lost in this process has been the realization that our road network is a valuable asset and that any design must optimally exploit that resource for the city, it’s visitors and inhabitants. In this forum we hope to examine the many complicated trade offs between automobile congestion, parking, alternative forms of transit (eg. Bicycles ) and standard forms of mass transit and how a road design can best use our road network.

An independent road study conducted over several months has been completed by the Forum on the congestion and design issues for the super block on Columbus Ave. The study’s results will be presented and discussed. In addition, a preliminary study on Amsterdam Ave. has also been completed and it too will be presented for input and suggestions for further study.


Ethan Kent
Senior Vice President
Project for Public Spaces
Mark Lydon
Street Plans Project
Mike Kodronsky
International Transit and Development Program
Walter South
Community Board 9
Martin Wallace
Community Board 9
Richard Lewis
Community Board 12
Yahhira Alonso
Community Board 12

All Are Welcome.
Our Forums are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
For further information: call
917-338-6415 or email PWPolicyForum@gmail.com