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Author Archives: Team Chekpeds
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
One week ago the Chair of the City Council’s Transportation committtee introduced legislation to establish two offices: one of pedestrians and one for bicyclists. Kathleen Treat, representing CHEKPEDS, spoke in favor of it.
This position exists in London and Amsterdam and would be very useful in New York City to elevate the profile of Pedestrians and [...]
[ 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 [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]