Category Archives: Sidewalk

Finally more space for pedestrians in Hell’s Kitchen!

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 [...]

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2019 was a roller coaster- Best Wishes for 2020

 

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 [...]

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Pedestrian and Bike Mayors ?

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 [...]

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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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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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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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CB4 requests a walking and ADA- friendly Transportation Master Plan

Everyone walks in New York: 11.4 million of us walk every day. This includes 1.1 million commuters arriving at the bus terminal, at Grand Central, and at Penn Station. Sixty million tourists visit New York annually and they walk. And we pay the highest price for that privilege: since 2014, 663 crash fatalities involved pedestrians – 50% [...]

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Finally! More walking/cycling space on 8th Avenue

The horrendous stretch of West 38th Street to West 45th Street is slated by DOT for an upgrade and not a minute too soon. The changes will take place later this year.
Pedestrian congestion is so extreme on this stretch, that last year conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists escalated with a pedestrian sending a cyclist to the [...]

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Spring fever: DOT is transforming our streets

So many times, we complained that DOT was too slow or not doing enough ..  Let’s give them credit for the projects going on in our neighborhood. These are very exciting times for Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea even if some projects took a very long time to come to fruition.

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More walking space: introducing the “Walking Lanes”

 

As our reader Michael McGrinder commented: “The word sidewalk implies a place for walking, not walking sideways”. 
Chekpeds testified at the City council asking for just that : official well defined Walk Lanes – which are dedicated,  unobstructed space on sidewalks or in the street- for pedestrians to walk. Today this goes by the obscure name [...]

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