NEW YORK - Central Park West could soon be getting more protected bike lanes.
A resolution to install the lanes was approved by Community Board 7 on the Upper West Side.
Calls for the new lanes have been growing since an Australian tourist was killed while riding a bike near West 67th Street and Central Park West in August.
Madison Jane Lyden was run over by a garbage truck after swerving into the street to avoid a livery cab that was blocking the bike lane.
NY1 spoke with local residents and board members who say the protected bike lanes should have been installed long ago.
"I'm not surprised at all. You cycle up that stretch and you're having to go up double parked cars the whole way and it's really scary," said one resident.
"I can't speak for anyone else on the committee but for me personally it was a no-brainer because our streets should be safe for everyone. That includes pedestrians of course but that also includes bikers," said another.
The community board's vote is not binding, but the resolution will go to the city Transportation Department which has said it would consider new safety measures for the bike path.