Category Archives: Complete Streets

We are on our own: Albany does not care if drivers kill children, De Blasio gives more talk than $$

While the Families for Safe Streets @NYC_SafeStreets and Transportation Alternatives put together a strong coalition and mounted a brilliant campaign in Albany, the legislative leaders failed to include the modest bill to increase the number of cameras by 60 and increase their hours of operations, in the package negotiated with Governor Cuomo, claiming that NYC Council [...]

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10 Years of fights and successes for safer streets

CHEKPEDS was founded in September 2005. With a bit of delay,  we are taking time to reflect  on the last 10 years, the joys, the frustrations and overall the great progress YOU have accomplished with us and the help of untold number of partners . We are incredibly grateful for your advocacy and activism.
There is [...]

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Letter to the Editor

I’ll start my comment (which is a little long, unfortunately) by summarizing it:
A. The proposed expansion of the Port Authority Bus Terminal would inflict an environmental and planning catastrophe on the West Side of New York City.
B. The PA must first devise a coherent master vision that has public support before any cost-benefit decisions are [...]

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Why is Vision Zero progress so slow in NYC?

The third edition of the NYC DOT’s Street Design Manual was recently released and  I could not wait to read it. Why? This book reveals the DNA of the Department of Transportation, the hard-wired code the engineers follow and gives a glimpse into its evolution.
Up to page 31, warm words, good marketing pitch, clear process [...]

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Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen win Safer Bike Lanes

Under significant pressure from the community and its elected representatives, DOT agreed to add 33 real pedestrian refuges to the proposed 6th Avenue bike lane between 8th and 33rd Street. Community Board 4 will vote to approve the revised proposal in February.
You know this picture of 9th Avenue bike lanes that DOT uses in many [...]

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Tell the Feds: City Streets Are Not Highways

It doesn’t make much sense to design a street that passes through the center of a community’s downtown the same way we would the 50 mph highway that carries commuters from that city to another.
Currently, local communities and states must adhere to a long list of federal design criteria, or face an arduous and costly [...]

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POLLS are open – YOU can vote today for # 15 – Pedestrian Safety !

As part of the Participatory Budgeting, every resident of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen who is older than 14,  can now vote for up to 5 capital projects that will be built in our district. Voting will take place April 11 – 19. 

This is YOUR chance to make a direct impact : Here are the voting [...]

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Mark Your Calendars: VOTE to fund Safer Pedestrian Crossings

[ April 11, 2015 9:00 am to April 19, 2015 6:00 pm. ] As part of the Participatory Budgeting, every resident of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen who is older than 14,  can now vote for a capital project that will be built in our district. Voting will take place from April 11 to April 19. Click here for voting hours and locations

By voting for the  project called “Raised [...]

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Direct Tax $$ to Safe Pedestrian Crossings

[ March 24, 2015; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] For over a year, CHEKPEDS has been designing a Safe Pedestrian Crossing, that will provide Safe Crossing for ALL people, ALL the time. 
The Raised Pedestrian Crossing has been selected as one of the projects that you can vote for, as part of the Participatory Budgeting process Council Member Johnson initiated in our community. The selected projects will add up to $ 1 [...]

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Vision Zero 2015: The Year of the Protected Only Phase signals (Split Phase)

Sweden is on its way to reaching zero road deaths per year. The Economist earlier this year took a look at the data: just three deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 5.5 in the European Union and 11.4 in the US. (See this European Commission report for additional data.)
How has Sweden done it? “We are going much more for [...]

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