There is hope for 8th Avenue!

In  a letter responding to a request from Manhattan Community Board 4,  Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of NYC Department of Transportation indicated this week that gregg_ambulance-2a study is underway for the 8th Avenue corridor , from 35th to 47th Street. DOT, jointly with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will attempt to resolve the dangerous  conditions for both pedestrians and bicyclists on that stretch. The study should be completed in 2019. We are delighted.

 

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There were 317 injuries and 1 fatality on that stretch over the last 5 years, with 6 to 8
injuries per month being the norm. One of our neighbors was injured in a conflict with a pedestrian on the same stretch.

 

Streets films and Mark Gorton illustrated the situation earlier this year. CBS replicated the segment.

This a very encouraging outcome, although injuries should not be a prerequisite to fixing a corridor we have been complaining about for years.

 

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Take Action to stake out our walking space!

storm enclosure bsdFall is upon us and with it illegal storm enclosures will pop up again at every other restaurant door, making pedestrian lives that much harder.

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After carefully researching the relevant laws , we are launching a CAMPAIGN Against Obstructions  of the pedestrian right of way  and at the same time help business owners avoid summonses.

 

By reminding them of the law, shop owners will avoid repeated fines and help their customers to access their stores.

So download the flyer here, Print it and feel free to distribute to any business who is not following the law. Please emphasize we are helping them avoid summonses .

If they continue to ignore the law , call 311.

 

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DOT commits to pedestrian safety features on 10th Avenue bike lane

We are very grateful that Speaker Corey Johnson office helped DOT and the community reach a compromise for the pedestrian features of the 10th Avenue bike lane from 52nd  to 60th Street  to be installed this fall. At the last Transportation Committee of CB4 , DOT indicated that

  • the signals will  be adjusted to enforce  the 25mph speed limit day or night.
  • 2 to 4 concrete pedestrian refuges will be built in 2019
  • a study of intersections will be completed by this winter to determine where a split phase or split LPI signal will be installed.
  • DOT will get back to us in 2019 with a final date to extend the bike lane all the way to 14th Street.

These are extremely good news for bicyclists and pedestrians alike. 10th avenue is s speedway and the bike lane will be installed amidst three schools and a hospital . the utmost safety features are warranted where a cyclists was killed two years ago.

This is good example of how the community and DOT can work together by engaging in a constructive discussion that takes in account all constraints and wishes.

 

 

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Speed Cameras are back – Hail Mary will save lives

Yesterday Governor Cuomo signed an executive “emergency order” to allow the city of New York to reactivate the 140 existing speed cameras which had been shut down in July, and work with the DMV to implement this change. Tomorrow the City Council will vote on a bill to reinstate the cameras and Mayor di Blasio  will sign  a ” Bill of Necessity” the city equivalent of the emergency order.

Cuomo said, “the cameras have reduced crashes by 60% where installed . By not renewing the program we run the real risk of causing children’s deaths”. He also credited Speaker Johnson for working closely with both the Governor and the mayor to think outside the box and achieve this result.

This is a stunning outcome for a situation that had turned desperate during the summer, with the Republican-led senate refusing to return to Albany to pass the bill . Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives advocates staged  numerous demonstrations including running a marathon around Senator Marty Golden’s block.

The bill introduced in the council could allow more cameras in the future. This is an outstanding outcome to a very long fight. Both  Families for Safe Streets and Transporation Alternatives deserve an enormous credit as well as Speaker Johnson. Senator Flanagan and Golden who stubbornly blocked the bill for political reasons, do not deserve to represent their districts.

Here are more details  and a discussion of the proposed bill 

Join Us
Rally to Demand an Expansion of Speed Cameras
Tuesday, September 4th, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
City Hall

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Can electronic scooters peacefully co-exist with pedestrians?

CHEKPEDS has learned that Speaker Corey Johnson and Transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez are working on a legislation to ensure the orderly inclusion of electric scooters in the New York Transportation options.

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These appliances which look like a children ‘s toy have showed up in various cities and caused consternation with pedestrians as described in this article “What ends up on the Sidewalk“.

In  a letter to the speaker, CHEKPEDS recommends a four-part  approach to legalizing scooters and dock-less bikes: 

  • Create parking for these vehicles in the Parking lane . Let the operators fund and maintain these parking spaces.
  • Allow only scooters designed for a maximum speed of 10 mph.
  • Increase enforcement of illegal use of all vehicles including scooters; in particular riding or parking on sidewalk and going the wrong way should get increased penalties.
  • Convene a task force to study sidewalk encroachments and resolve the multi-agency conflicts as well as propose sidewalk enlargement.

We look forward to hearing your comments  below..

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Air Quality: Help your neighbors and yourselves:

Request a street tree or multiple ones. Council Member Corey Johnson has allocated funds for street trees and will get priority from the Parks Department . It can be a brand new tree pit or a new tree in an existing tree pit . There are also $$ for tree guards . Do not  miss this great opportunity to green the avenues and the streets . Here is the form 

Report on illegal idling and get a reward. A new law allows the government to reward citizens for reporting idling . Considering the number of buses in our neighborhood, we should all be become rich! Follow the enclosed procedure; follow the procedure

 

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In case you missed it

It was summer, it was hot and you had better things to do than reading about transportation. Still you missed some major moves. Here are the ones we watched:

Pedestrians

  • Corey Johnson sent a letter to DOT asking for better pedestrian protection on the proposed 10th Avenue bike lane . DOT has agreed to change the traffic signals on 10th Avenue to comply with the 25mph during the day and night.

Transit 

  • It’s official: the M42 is the slowest in the city – Yes, we know ! read on 
  • MTA published their action plan in may and has already implanted route changes in Staten Island.

Long Distance Buses 

  • Fuji jitneys has lost its permit for the bus stops located at 327 West 42nd Street and 301 WEst 40th street. DOT followed CB4 recommendations that their permit be terminated. A very good news for the community.

Bicycles 

  • Dock-less Citibike  debuted in the Bronx – Their biggest proponent? Mayor De Blasio who does not want to sacrifice even One parking space!
  • Pedal -assist bikes were legalized . Citibike and ride share system are happy but delivery bicyclists are not : they all use throttle bikes which are still illegal. New York Times 
  • A tourist was killed on the Central Park West bike lane . Tragic but not surprising: the ” bike lane ” is only a line painted on the ground.  A waste of paint if you ask me . At least it will prompt DOT in doing the right thing and put a protected bike lane around the park.
  • 26th and 29th street protected crosstown bike lanes are near completion .
  • New York State DOT is working on a traffic study for the Greenway and the West Side Highway initiated by a CHEKPEDS’ letter to Senator Brad Hoylman last year. A meeting was organized by the Senator’s office with NYS DOT to review the progress to date with the affected community boards. Nothing tangible yet.
  • Citibike will add more stations within the existing network . You can request stations near you  here 

Congestion

  • City council passed two legislations to limit the number fo Uber, Lyft etc cars ( unless they offer service for the disabled riders) and to increase the minimum wage of drivers to match the rest of the city . New York times
  • Bruce Schaller, a former NYC deputy commissioner, publish a report showing the massive congestion caused by Uber and Lyft, etc. Read the article in Citylab and read the report 

Parking 

  • New York city announced new parking rates to encourage more turn over. As a result the cost of placards to the rest of the citizens will reach $ 1.5 billion a year. Who will have the balls to tackle this baby?

It was a very busy summer indeed.

 

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West 37th Street Renaissance

Over 10 years ago CHEKPEDS initiated a 9th Avenue Renaissance project which incorporated over 1,000 input from the community. The resulting suggested various  designs for streets.

Fast forward to 2017 , when the recently formed Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK Business Improvement District) initiated a Streetscape Study of its district.

in 2018, HYHK started to implement the plan and the results are spectacular. we encourage you to visit 37th street ( 9/10) and enjoy al fresco in the public seating provided.

Horticulture: Designwild
Music: Allegria Callada, Chano Dominguez

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Victory for Disabled – L train’s 6th Avenue station to become ADA compliant

Disabled person discuss with Andy Byford at L Train  Open House. Photo by Lesley Susan

Disabled person discuss with Andy Byford at L Train Open House. Photo by Lesley Susan

As the result of a lawsuit filed by the 14th Street Coalition and disabled groups, the MTA committed to install elevators at the 14th Street and 6th Avenue Station, while the repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel are underway.

It is a terrific win on an item that was high on Community Board  4 ‘s list of demands for this project . On the other hand, it is a disgrace that a lawsuit was necessary in order to obtain satisfaction for such a logical request .  MTA funds would be better spent on accelerating projects in compliance with federal law , rather than litigating them.

Read the full story.

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Speed cameras work. Ask Gov. Cuomo to keep them to save lives

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Last night, the State Legislature went home without approving an extension of life-saving speed cameras at schools. The Assembly majority showed real leadership by approving an expansion bill but the Senate did not allow it to advance. Because of this inaction, , the speed camera program as we know it will end on July 25th and lives will be at risk. 140 schools will lose these speed cameras which reduce pedestrian injuries by 23 percent and speeding by 63 percent.

We need your support. Join Mayor de Blasio and advocates for a rally to tell Albany that they must approve a speed camera bill.

Rally to Support Speed Cameras (with Mayor De Blasio)
This Sunday, June 25th, 11 a. m.
Union Square

Thank you for joining us in this important fight!

If you’re interested in attending or know others who would like to attend, please let Gabrielle know.

Gabrielle Dann-AllelManhattan Borough Director
Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
o: 212-788-2781
m: 347-268-7912
gdannallel@cityhall.nyc.gov

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