Mark Levine, Council District 7, Manhattan
Neighborhoods: Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights
Focus On (article): "125th St. is a vital commercial corridor uptown, but vehicle congestion there is so bad that currently buses there travel on average slower than walking speed. One great way to improve this situation: establish Select Bus Service with a dedicated bus lane stretching along the full length of 125th St. from river to river. The Deptartment of Transportation recently proposed creating just such a service on the M60, but the plan was recently shelved because of lack of support among local elected officials. I strongly believe this SBS plan should be immediately implemented, for the sake of local residents, local businesses, and the environment." Read more
What caught our attention from Mark's questionnaire/interview:
"We must push NYPD to release more thorough and timely statistics about traffic violations, accidents, and arrests. We must also provide better training to rankandfile officers about the dangers of traffic violations and the importance of enforcement. Finally, I believe more officers should be on bike patrol, to give them better understanding of the challenges faced by cyclists in navigating city streets."
StreetsPAC's Endorsement Announcement:
Mark Levine strongly supports improving travel times for all 125th Street bus lines through implementation of Select Bus Service. He’ll champion the expansion of Citi Bike to all of northern Manhattan and work with community stakeholders to extend northwards the complete-streets package of pedestrian safety improvements, landscaping, protected bike paths and other amenities that have already taken root on Columbus Avenue.