Category Archives: Clean Air

Study: Air quality in our district is dangerous to our health

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 [...]

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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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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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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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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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Reserve your spot in our air quality study!

Our neighborhood experiences the third worst air quality in New York city, which in itself is not compliant with Federal guidelines. We suspect that the reality is even worse , since measurements have been done with very few captors.
We need a few volunteers to spend 10 minutes, 3 times a day at specific locations in [...]

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LAST CHANCE to voice your concerns on PA’s Bus Replacement Project

[ September 5, 2019; 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] SPEAK UP : Tell the Port Authority to be more encompassing and bolder in its goals and solutions . This new facility will probably last more than 50 years.

Port Authority Bus Replacement Project
Thursday September 5, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Westin Hotel Times Square,
Broadway Ballroom,
207 W 43rd Street (7/8), New York, NY

The PA does not intend to fully relieve the [...]

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11th Av. conversion crowns 15 years of advocacy on the west side

Our long-held dream to rebalance the vehicular traffic between 9th and  11th avenues by converting 11th Avenue becoming one-way south only has been realized. As promised, DOT changed traffic lights and markings at the end of June 2019.  In August, will be the installation of bus loading platforms and a bike lane on the west side [...]

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SPEAK UP: Public comments on the Bus Terminal replacement project

[ July 10, 2019; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] SPEAK UP : tell the Port Authority your priorities

[caption id="attachment_6040" align="alignleft" width="300"] PABT ramps – credit Brian Weber[/caption]

The public meetings are part of the Port Authority’s robust 120-day public outreach process to solicit comments from elected officials in New York and New Jersey, the City of New York, neighborhood residents, other stakeholders and the public [...]

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Claim a free tree guard!

Time to claim a tree guard for your favorite tree!
One of the initiatives funded by the 2019 Participatory budget will provide tree guards for newly planted trees. If there are some in your neck of the hood, on the streets and especially on the avenues  where the conditions are harsher for the newly planted trees, [...]

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