Like all of us , people who walk, you are probably frustrated by the lack of space for pedestrians. On both 8th and 9th Avenues, one often has to walk in the bike lane . Not good for cyclists or pedestrians. At intersections we need to walk around buses and cars, right in the traffic.
Join us to tell the City Council Transportation committee that more walking space and protections must be included in any Transportation plan for the City .
City council Transportation Committee Hearing
Wednesday June 12th, 1 p.m.
City Hall Chambers
It is not enough to have bike lanes and bus lanes, if the last portion of the trip – walking- cannot be preformed in a safe manner.
On June 6, a driver deliberately tried to run over a cyclist who was crossing the west side highway lawfully in the crosswalk. Watch the Video
Press Conference – Right of Way camera enforcement
Monday, June 10th, 1 p.m.
Join Corey Johnson and Antonio Reynoso to ask that the driver be held accountable and for the right of way to be enforced by cameras .
Finally after 12 years of planning work, the DOT has started the conversion of 11th Avenue from two-way to one-way south between 44th and 57th Streets !
It was the ultimate goal of the Hell’s kitchen study, to optimize the unused capacity and re balance the load between the various avenues. The installation will take place in multiple phases over the summer and the fall. But it is REALLY happening on the ground with lanes being re-striped and medians being built .. photographs soon to come ..
In its response to a recent Department of Sanitation’s request for information, CHEKPEDS makes a strong case that they could.
As a location for the temporary storage of building waste, we propose to use some of the public right-of-way that is currently used for the free storage of private vehicles. Specifically, our proposal repurposes several on-street parking spaces per block for the use of storing waste before its removal, in lieu of storing it on our precious and heavily used sidewalks. On a typical midtown side street block of 700 feet, six on-street parking spaces (three on each side of the street) would be converted to this use, to be called a Waste Corral.
The corral would be created by (1) cross-hatching the area with paint, (2) installing parking blocks to protect the space from adjacent parked vehicles, and (3) installing a chain link fence enclosure with a large opening to the street and a smaller opening to the sidewalk. Optionally, a visual screen could be added to three sides of the enclosure, leaving the street side unscreened for safety and monitoring.
On our prototype block of W45th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, we found that waste takes up about 300 linear feet on each side of the street, at an average width of 2.5 feet. That amounts to 750 square feet per side, or 1500 square feet per block. The six proposed Waste Corrals would occupy a much more efficient 840 square feet per block, a reduction of 44% in total space, and would free up 100% of the portion occupied on the sidewalk.
In July, DOT and MTA will start operating a new configuration on 14th street from 3rd to 8th Avenues, 5 AM to 10 PM as an 18 month pilot: one lane each way , located in the center will carry buses and trucks across the island. All other traffic will be permitted on one block only, that is will have to get off at the next intersection.
Such configuration was successfully implemented in Toronto and improved markedly the on-time performance of buses there. The difference here is that trucks will be permitted in the bus lane, so that they do not use the residential side streets, a good news for residents but not so good for riders.
Access to both curbs will remain, with 30 minutes ”Loading and Unloading” regulations. Vehicles and buses will be barred from turning left, except for the M7 bus at 7th Avenue. Right turn bays will free up the bus lane from turning vehicles.
Bus riders will benefit from off-board payment as do other SBS corridors on 34th and 23rd Streets , and bulb outs will be provided for easier boarding.
Unfortunately DOT has not yet provided a mitigation plan for the adjacent streets, the residents of which fear an onslaught of traffic diverted from 14th Street. We are told that DOT is ready to react promptly once issues are raised.
The Council Member has asked and the DOT has committed to provide a robust reporting during the 18 month-pilot to evaluate its viability. For the sake of everyone concerned, we hope this configuration works and actually speeds up the buses. Let’s wait and see.
Find more details in DOT presentation here.
This is really happening! Split phase signals on 57th Street at both 8th and 10th Avenues. And indeed closing the bike lane gap from 56th Street to Central Park ! Yoo hoo ! DOT is in full swing!
Time to claim a tree guard for your favorite tree!
One of the initiatives funded by the 2019 Participatory budget will provide tree guards for newly planted trees. If there are some in your neck of the hood, on the streets and especially on the avenues where the conditions are harsher for the newly planted trees, send the request and the tree location to Council member Johnson’s office.
First come first served.
After a successful campaign by both residents of 555 10th Avenue and the parents of the school Success Academy Hudson Yards, DOT installed a new split LPI at the very dangerous intersection of W41st Street and 10th Avenue. This is one of the Lincoln Tunnel entrances where drivers use two lanes to turn aggressively and block the pedestrians crossing.
During the summer of last year, a petition circulated that garnered over 700 signatures and parents reached out to Council Member Johnson to get relief. MCB4 sent a letter the following month asking for a split LPI . Chekpeds also worked with neighbors and the DOT to secure a few planters that were installed on the sidewalk in the fall of last year, giving a modest sense of safety. DOT will install markings on the ground in the next few days! great job DOT and thank you to Council member Johnson and his staff for putting a priority on this issue.