Author Archives: Team Chekpeds

A Return to gridlock as the City reopens?

 

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Chekpeds’ Oped published in Chelsea Community News:
The COVID-19 quarantine has made us all aware of how wonderful New York can be: How clean and fresh the air has been, how quiet without gridlock blocking EMS, and without too many cars! Most significantly, there were no pedestrian fatalities in the last two months in Manhattan[1]. Certainly, [...]

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What streets are open?

Mayor de Blasio claims there are 40 miles of open streets. Where are they ? Thankfully a New Yorker with time and skills made a map. Click on the link or the picture to access the real time map updated !
https://nycopenstreets.com

 
More happiness everywhere, on the newly open blocks: West 22nd Street residents cannot believe all [...]

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More Streets are OPEN!

Saturday morning, May 23rd,  three (3) more blocks will open in our district: W21st Street (9/10), W 22nd Street (7/8) in Chelsea and W51st Street (9/10) in Hell’s Kitchen. These are in addition to the first four (4) blocks opened last Saturday in Chelsea with the Business Improvements Districts as partners.
From a pedestrian (or a [...]

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City Launches the #Open Street Program

Bill de Blasio caved to the tremendous push from activists (including Chekpeds) and from the City Council  with the speaker threatening to reach out to Governor Cuomo: the Mayor directed the city to open the streets to pedestrians during the pandemic, without requiring the heavy hand of  NYPD. DOT promised 40 miles right away and [...]

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Speaker Corey Johnson introduces legislation to open the streets to pedestrians

Following a strong push by activists and other elected officials, and in face of Mayor DeBlasio opposition , Speaker Corey Johnson is taking the fight to the council, with a bill to open city streets to pedestrians and cyclists during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic to allow New Yorkers more room for social distancing. The legislation, which has widespread [...]

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The year of living dangerously – Sign the petition

We hope you, your family and friends are all in good health. Stay inside and follow all prescribed procedures for yourself and other people alike .

Talking about procedures : when walking or shopping, I noticed that there is no way to  cross or pass another pedestrian on a sidewalk, while maintaining a 6 ft distance. [...]

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MCB4 Transportation Committee – Shared Streets Selection

CB4 Transportation Committee will discuss which streets should be open to pedestrians for the balance of the confinement period.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 6:30 PM
Join the meeting by teleconference
https://www.gotomeet.me/MCB4-JaninePretente/transportation-planning-committee-meeting-3
Or by phone:1-669-224-3412,
Access Code: 285-375-581
You can check the  proposal here.

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Finally more space for pedestrians in Hell’s Kitchen!

Our community has been asking for the removal of phone booths for years. These bulky and ugly appliances have given shelter to illegal activities, while being of very limited utility and taking up a lot of real estate on our sidewalks where the crowding is intense. They were there to support advertising .
We started working [...]

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Study: Air quality in our district is dangerous to our health

The communities of Hell’s Kitchen South / Chelsea / Hudson Yards in New York City have reasons to be concerned about the quality of their air. A six-week study of the air quality performed by Clinton/Chelsea/ Hell’s Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety (CHEKPEDS)’s  25 volunteers demonstrated that the air  contains unhealthy levels of micro particulate matters that [...]

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2019 was a roller coaster- Best Wishes for 2020

 

Dear friends ,
2019 brought us many successes , but – in the end-  turned out to be one of the bloodiest for pedestrians and cyclists in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Eight fatalities!  double from last year. This is devastating. Pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages deserve a safer city. We will not stop until that [...]

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