Seventh Avenue in Harlem is one of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians and cyclists in New York City: 626 people were seriously injured or killed on the road from 2006 to 2010. "Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard has become a boulevard of death," Transportation Department Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan tells the Times. "The call from Harlem residents is now is the time to make the streets safer. We can’t continue to wait while more and more people are killed on this street." In response to the the DOT is widening the parking lane to bring a "natural, traffic-calming effect" on the driving lanes.
CB 10 had asked for median extensions (thereby making crosswalks shorter), more left-hand turn signals, and more time added to lights for pedestrians to cross. "We’re happy to go back, to give as much back-and-forth as the community needs,” the DOT's Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione said. "But at this point, we have pretty much pinned down what the design will be.” The work is slated to begin in August, should take around a month, and will cover the stretch between 134th Street to 153rd Street. A DOT representative tells Streetsblog that the whole corridor could see improvements by the end of 2013.