“I feel terrified to cross this street, which I have to cross about 10 times a day, every day,” said a tenant who lives in a building on 95th Street and West End Avenue.
“I’m a driver, a pedestrian and a biker. And every time I go out, I have a close call,” said Upper West Side city council member Helen Rosenthal.
The vicinity of 95th Street and West End Avenue is a notoriously dangerous spot for pedestrians. Insufficient crossing time coupled with drivers coming off the West Side Highway who continue to drive at a highway speed have taken four lives this year.
A vigil was held July 17 night after an SUV struck and killed Jean Chambers on July 10, when she was crossing the street at 95th Street and West End Avenue.
Relatives of the victims and concerned neighbors voiced their opinions on what needed to be changed. Rosenthal said that the city would implement new methods to increase pedestrian safety, including allowing more time for pedestrians to cross the street, adding a new speed hump and banning left turns at the intersection.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 18, 2014