In a letter responding to a request from Manhattan Community Board 4, Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of NYC Department of Transportation indicated this week that a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“.
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
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:
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.
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.
Dock-less Citibike debuted in the Bronx – Their biggest proponent? Mayor De Blasio who does not want to sacrifice even One parking space!
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
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
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?
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.
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
m: 347-268-7912 email@example.com