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Join Us : World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims

[ November 17, 2019; 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ] Please join Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives in commemorating World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Crash Victims on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 12  noon. 

As always, we’ll honor and memorialize all those who’ve been injured and killed on our streets (and sidewalks too!) but this year we’ll also be demanding a plan from our national [...]

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A profound change: the Street Master Plan becomes law

After months of discussions and refinements , the city council , under Speaker Corey Johnson’s leadership , passed a legislation to make the DOT accountable for the annual implementation of street improvements that benefit all. “The law shall prioritize and promote: (i) the safety of all street users; (ii) on-street priority for mass transit vehicles; (iii) [...]

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Vehicular Violence Accountability Act is introduced

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, last week announced the introduction of a bill establishing a new article in the State’s Penal Law entitled “Vehicular Violence,” which establishes four new offenses including the class A misdemeanor “Death by Vehicle,” and class B [...]

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A new gem on 11th Avenue

14 blocks ( W43rd to W 57th) of brand new protected bike lane just popped up on 11th Avenue , or so it seemed!  The 11th Avenue redesign was the last piece of a major puzzle entailing the Lincoln Tunnel approaches,  that took DOT and the Hell’s Kitchen community 15 years to resolve. We owe [...]

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More legislative good news

Two more legislations passed last week that will improve our safety on the streets: 

the carting industry reform will limit the number of commercial haulers in each of the service districts, thus reducing the overall  miles travelled by commercial garbage trucks by 50%. This industry had continued to demonstrate its disregard for human life and for [...]

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New Wide Sidewalk and Fully Protected Bike Lane on 8th Avenue

 

 
 

DOT has completed its installation of a wider sidewalk and protected bike lane from W38th to W45th Streets,  with NO CONFLICTS with vehicles (full split phase signals, no left turn at W42nd Street)  and striped green at W45th Street ! This is the beginning of a new era for pedestrian and bicyclist safety!  THANK YOU [...]

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How Bad is our Air Quality?

In its quest for healthier  walking, CHEKPEDS has initiated an Air Quality study with 25 volunteers from our district, from 15th to 57th Streets . Over the next month, they will each collect 21 air samplings at their respective sites.

The Kickoff , organized by Ernest Modarelli who is managing the project ( shown here on  the left)  took [...]

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A miracle in the making

As announced DOT is widening the western sidewalk of 8th Avenue from W38th to W45th Streets and adding a protected bike lane. It is stunning : Yes, all that space is ours!

a NO left turn has been installed on W42nd Street, a small revolution in itself!

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Finally a faster, more reliable M42

This month, DOT and MTA will start laying the red paint for express bus lanes on W42nd Street, river to river. If it works as well as M34 SBS, it will change your life !

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Speed camera program expanded- not a minute too soon

in June the State passed  legislation allowing up to 750 speed cameras,  from  6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays year round , anywhere in a 1/4 mile radius from a school.
This is a massive expansion of the 40- camera enforcement system in place which has already proven its effectiveness: speeding at location with cameras [...]

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