Category Archives: Sidewalk

Join us in asking for more walking space

[ June 12, 2019; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Like all of us , people who walk, you are probably frustrated by the lack of space for pedestrians. On both 8th and 9th Avenues, one often has to walk in the bike lane . Not good for cyclists or pedestrians.  At intersections we need to walk around buses and cars, right in the traffic.

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Could NYC sidewalks be freed of garbage?

In its response to a recent Department of Sanitation’s request for information, CHEKPEDS makes a strong case that they could.
As a location for the temporary storage of building waste, we propose to use some of the public right-of-way that is currently used for the free storage of private vehicles. Specifically, our proposal repurposes several on-street [...]

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Join us at Transit Center – Neighborhood Empowerment Project

As usual Open Plans founders are ahead of the game. This new initiative explores  how  monolithic agencies with many silos could enroll nimble and motivated local people who have a more holistic view of their streets in order to improve their productivity and response time.

This approach was embraced by corporations long ago in order to [...]

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Join us: e-scooters and e-bikes hearings

Join us to ensure that e-scooters are introduced in phases in New York city in the appropriate  areas where they can be useful (not in the CBD), with proper speed controller (12 mph.) the proper infrastructure (no sidewalk riding; parking in parking lane only ) and legal safeguards (proper user agreement and increased enforcement).
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Best wishes for 2019!

Dear members ,
At this time of year we’d like to reflect on our progress and stake out a few goals for 2019. There is much to like about 2018..
Focusing on Crash Data
In 2018 we launched Crashmapper.org, a web tool that received many accolades from the press, the agencies and the advocates. The tool maps and analyzes [...]

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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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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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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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