UPPER MANHATTAN — Pedestrians, car drivers and bike riders will get a chance to debate the introduction of new bike lanes in Inwood and Washington Heights when Community Board 12 holds a workshop in the spring.
Members of the Traffic and Transportation committee decided to put off a public hearing originally slated for January, saying it wants to be inclusive of the entire community, including older members who are more likely to attend then than in the "dead of winter."
The committee has been mulling a proposal from the Inwood/Washington Heights chapter of Livable Streets that calls for several changes to the Upper Manhattan biking landscape, but has said it wants to hear more community input before recommending a plan to the Department of Transportation.
The DOT said that because the bike lanes would not be implemented until 2012 anyway, the board's delay in submitting a recommendation would not make a difference.
Read more about the bike lane discussion at DNAinfo.com.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Despite radical changes made to a large intersection at the southern end of Washington Heights, residents say cars are still continue to present a hazard to pedestrians near the intersection near the southern end of Washington Heights.
Zoila Almonte, a resident of the area and member of the Mount Calvary Church on 162nd Street, presented a letter to the NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Monday, asking the department to implement new methods to reduce the speed of the cars in front of the church on 162nd Street, between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe avenues.
"Cars enter the block at such a high speed that pedestrians (seniors and children especially) are constantly at risk of being hit by one of those cars," she wrote in a letter.
Read more about the traffic issues and changes made to the intersection at DNAinfo.com.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A man fought off two muggers who tried to snatch his iPad on Bennett Avenue last week, police said, the latest incident in a Upper Manhattan crime spike that has sent dozens of cops into the area and inspired residents to consider patrolling their own streets.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A guard on the George Washington Bridge was fired Tuesday after failing to stop a 19-year-old from attempting suicide Monday night, according to the Daily News.
Angel Laboy was accused of negligence for not noticing that a college student had walked passed his booth and climbed to the top of the bridge in an attempt to jump 600 feet into the water, the paper said.
Police coaxed the boy to safety from his perch after receiving a call from his friend’s family who said he was on the bridge contemplating suicide, reported the News.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — In the wake of several recent high-profile suicides at the George Washington Bridge, Port Authority officials said they are investigating new techniques to prevent such deaths in the future.
"The Port Authority is consistently looking at ways to update our suicide prevention program," Port Authority spokeswoman Jennifer Friedberg told DNAinfo.
UPPER MANHATTAN — Bike riders, pedestrians and car drivers are invited to weigh in on bike lanes in Inwood and Washington Heights at Community Board 12’s Traffic and Transportation meeting on Monday.
Earlier this month, the committee postponed making a recommendation to the Department of Transportation after listening to a presentation on the plan by the Inwood-Washington Heights Livable Streets group, which had gathered approximately 700 signatures of support.
The plan includes protected bike lanes on Dyckman Street, painted bike lanes on major cross streets, an expansion of the Hudson River Greenway and Croton Aqueduct path and a more direct path between the Greenway and George Washington Bridge.
Monday’s meeting will not be dedicated to the bike lane petition, but the matter is on the committee’s agenda, said CB12 Chair Pamela Palanque-North.
James Weisman filed the suit on behalf of the United Spinal Association, a disability rights advocacy group, after he learned the MTA's renovation plan for the Dyckman Street Station would not improve accessibility for disabled straphangers.
"Without access to the subway, the MTA makes travel next to impossible for New Yorkers with physical disabilities and prevents them from getting to work or seeking employment," Weisman said in a statement.
UPPER MANHATTAN — A proposal to improve bike lanes in Inwood and Washington Heights received a "hostile reception" earlier this week from Community Board 12.
CB12's Traffic and Transportation committee said they wanted more community input before recommending the plan to the Department of Transportation, despite the proposal receiving 378 signatures of support on a web petition as of Thursday.
"The committee decided it could not make a recommendation before it gets more feedback by others affected by the proposal," CB12 chair Pamela Palanque-North said, adding that the board will hold a public hearing on the matter during its upcoming Traffic and Transportation committee meeting Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.