Category Archives: pedestrian

This year again more greening and protected trees

We are continuing our annual program of greening the neighborhood . This year four new tree guards were installed in addition to the 25 that had been previously installed in Hell’s Kitchen South.
Two very large ones on 9th Avenue @ 56th Street and  on 8th Avenue @ 20th to protect  Micro gardens on the bike [...]

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Regulation of Sightseeing Bus – Better but needs work

On September 23, 2016 the City Council held an oversight hearing of the Hop-on, Hop-off bus industry a welcome initiative.
Intro 529 -A increased safety requirements for drivers, a proposal we support whole heartedly. However CB4 asked that the drivers be subject to the same safety test as the MTA drivers. Nothing less.
Intro 713 -A proposed [...]

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Proposal to “double the number of street vendors” runs into fierce opposition

With less than two weeks to comment and no community consultation , the proposed legislation started on the wrong foot .
Community board 4 testified that it was opposed to the legislation unless the siting criteria for vendor carts was consistent with other street furniture most notably Newsstands, and food carts be allowed to use parking [...]

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We demand Safe Passage – Sign the Petition and Join us

[ September 15, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
17 people killed biking; 74 people killed walking; 29 people killed by cowardly hit-and-run drivers so far in 2016. More cyclists have been killed in the first 8 months of 2016 than in all of last year. Hit and run drivers have killed more people so far this year than in all of 2015. The [...]

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DOT should not Cut Corners when Safety is Concerned

NYCDOT just published the results of a study of 1,000 intersections showing that vehicular left turns are three times deadlier than rights turns , especially for pedestrians and seniors. This is consistent with our neighborhood’s experience where ten out of 13 pedestrian fatalities in the last 15 years occurred in the left crossing with the walk [...]

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Street Seats and More arrive in South Hell’s Kitchen

The Hudson Yards / Hell’s Kitchen Alliance continues its steady stream of improvements in the District. Street Seats were installed on 37th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. Such public seating is located in the parking lane and thus does not take any pedestrian space. It is funded by DOT but the business provides maintenance. With [...]

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City Council wants Better Sidewalks – We do too

On the 23rd of June, the City Council Transportation Committee held a hearing on a bill, intended to bring some semblance of order to the chaos of news racks on the sidewalks . DOT, Business Improvement Districts and Civic groups like CIVITAS supported the bill, while it  independent press groups who use the racks for [...]

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Canoe Plaza Inauguration

A big improvement was  added to the Canoe plaza, at 36th sTreet between 9/Dyer Avenues with 6 tables and 5 umbrellas and the jersey barricade was moved to create further pedestrian space . Council Member Johnson granted the funds to the Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance, who maintains the Canoe

The Table, Chairs and umbrellas made the [...]

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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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6 WALKIE Awards given for Commitment to Pedestrian Safety

Against a backdrop calling for Safety, about 80 people gathered this month at the Laurie Beechman Theater  to honor the recipients of the first WALKIE awards.
 Jordan Baker-Caldwell a New York City native and Hell’s Kitchen resident sculpted the awards. Jordan’s work has been exhibited at venues including the National Metal Museum and the Museum of Arts [...]

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