Category Archives: Pedestrian safety

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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A new gem on 11th Avenue

14 blocks ( W43rd to W 57th) of brand new protected bike lane just popped up on 11th Avenue , or so it seemed!  The 11th Avenue redesign was the last piece of a major puzzle entailing the Lincoln Tunnel approaches,  that took DOT and the Hell’s Kitchen community 15 years to resolve. We owe [...]

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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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Who is entitled to a Green Wave?

Deep into the Green Wave plan, DOT is proposing a design change which will have a  profound impact on our culture and our streets and that mercifully the main press missed: ” Implement and review “Bicycle Progression” at one location in 2019 and identify other corridors for implementation in 2020. This signal timing strategy, often [...]

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A Safer Greenway & West Side Highway? Yep!

Two years ago, following a cyclist’s death at Chambers Street, CHEKPEDS sent a letter to our elected officials and NYS DOT asking them to better protect Greenway. Cyclists have experienced many near misses, when southbound drivers turn west and cross the Greenway.  Senator Brad Hoylman ordered a study of the West Side Highway and [...]

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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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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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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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