Author Archives: Team Chekpeds

There is hope for 8th Avenue!

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 [...]

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Take Action to stake out our walking space!

Fall is upon us and with it illegal storm enclosures will pop up again at every other restaurant door, making pedestrian lives that much harder.

After carefully researching the relevant laws , we are launching a CAMPAIGN Against Obstructions  of the pedestrian right of way  and at the same time help business owners avoid summonses.
 
By reminding them of [...]

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DOT commits to pedestrian safety features on 10th Avenue bike lane

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 [...]

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Speed Cameras are back – Hail Mary will save lives

[ September 4, 2018; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ]

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 [...]

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Can electronic scooters peacefully co-exist with pedestrians?

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 [...]

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Air Quality: Help your neighbors and yourselves:

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 [...]

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In case you missed it

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:
Pedestrians

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 [...]

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West 37th Street Renaissance

Over 10 years ago CHEKPEDS initiated a 9th Avenue Renaissance project which incorporated over 1,000 input from the community. The resulting suggested various  designs for streets.
Fast forward to 2017 , when the recently formed Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK Business Improvement District) initiated a Streetscape Study of its district.
in 2018, HYHK started to implement the plan [...]

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Victory for Disabled – L train’s 6th Avenue station to become ADA compliant

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 [...]

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Speed cameras work. Ask Gov. Cuomo to keep them to save lives

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 [...]

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