Author Archives: Team Chekpeds

Cross Town Protected Bike lanes on W37/38th streets?

Community Board 4 wrote a letter to DOT asking them to study the feasibility of protected crosstown bike lanes on 37th and 38th Streets from 11th to 8th Avenue .
The bike lanes would connect workers and residents of the emerging Hudson Yards district to the northbound  / southbound  lanes on 8th and 9th Avenues.  And [...]

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Adding 50% more capacity to the existing bus terminal is viable

The results of a recent study concluded this month was presented to the Port Authority Board of Commissioners on September 28, 2017. Engineering and Construction firms concluded that it would be feasible to add two floors to the current bus Terminal and then proceed to renovate the floors below , in a top down approach. [...]

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Meeting with Bus companies and DOT

 
On October 5, 2017 Council Member Corey Johnson was joined by Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, a representative of Assembly Member Rosenthal , CB5 and CB4 to host a meeting of Bus companies Executives, representative and executive officers  of their association, the DOT and NYPD.
This was the second meeting called by the council [...]

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DOT Focuses on Protecting Intersections for Cyclists

After a number of Community Boards banded together to ask the DOT to protect intersections along bike lanes, a study is underway to look at all intersections treatments and come back with recommendation some time next year.
As part of this study, the DOT installed various tests, bollards on the upper west side, Columbus Avenue at 70th [...]

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Many Signals Do Not Provide Sufficient Crossing Time

In 2017, the Hudson Yards/ Hell’s Kitchen ( HYHK) Alliance completed a comprehensive streetscape study in their catchment area of 30th to 42nd Street, 9th Avenue to 11th Avenue. One of the unexpected findings is that many traffic signals have not been properly adjusted to allow enough time for pedestrians to cross the road.
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Join Us : Discuss Air Quality with the State Agency DEC

[ October 12, 2017; 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] After our presentation on Air quality  - or lack thereof –  to the Parks and Environment Committee of CB4, the state agency in charge of the environment – Department for Environmental Conservation, (DEC)  will be presenting their plans and efforts to the committee.

Department of Environmental Conservation Presentation
Thursday, October 14, 2017, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Pedestrian Safety: 10 More Intersections Protected in 2017!

Just in 2017 , DOT has added 10 new split LPIs to protect pedestrians who cross the avenues. A split LPI is a red arrow for turning cars which gives exclusive right of way to the pedestrians, followed by a blinking yellow arrow which puts drivers on notice to slow down and yield. LPIs – which [...]

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We Desperately Need Protected Intersections

Activists are making the rounds of Community Boards with one message to DOT: we need protected intersections! by letting cars turn at the same time as cyclists and pedestrians cross the intersection, DOT is creating a dangerous situation and  is  responsible for crashes at these intersections!
This is a position CHEKPEDS has advocated for a long [...]

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RPA’s “Crossing the Hudson” Proposes a Holistic Plan for the Next 20 Years and Beyond

The Regional Plan Association recently published key transportation recommendation ahead of Its fourth regional plan to be released in November 12017.  It pretty closely mirrors the Community Board and our recommendations for the bus terminal replacement: a long distance bus terminal at or around Javits Center, that would provide enough capacity to extend the terminal [...]

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Buses and Cars exhaust is fouling our air – How can 40% more buses help?

Last week Chekpeds joined the Hell’s Kitchen South Coalition to present to the CB4′s Parks and Environment committee their findings related to Air Quality in our district.
Using the Data gathered by the NYC Department of Health, we highlighted that CB4 has the third worst air quality in the city. The city itself in not in [...]

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