Clinton Hell’s Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety (CHEKPEDS) was founded by residents and community leaders in September 2005, to reclaim 9th Avenue from the hellish Lincoln Tunnel traffic . The coalition is growing rapidly with Businesses, Institutions and Property Owners joining in to correct the dangerous conditions in the neighborhood : pedestrians risk their lives crossing the streets, children cannot safely walk to schools; residents cannot breathe or sleep; public transportation is ineffective; local stores experience slow and costly deliveries; personal safety is at risk. Watch the Video.
The coalition works directly with elected officials, city agencies, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, business associations, Business Improvements Districts, local institutions, and Manhattan Community Board 4 to obtain crucial traffic relief and pedestrian safety measures
Many local improvements sought by the coalition can only be achieved through city-wide or state-wide policy changes. The coalition works closely with advocacy organizations to effect such changes. Read the May 2006 coalition’s letter to Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff and his response.
Our goals (from 2005)
REDUCE INJURIES and SAVE LIVES
there were over 500 pedestrian injuries in 5 years on 9th Avenue. Eleven intersections have become two to three time more dangerous. Holy Cross is the most dangerous school for children to walk to in Manhattan. EMS and FIRE vehicles cannot go through .
IMPROVE our HEALTH
We have 25% more deaths from chronic lung diseases than in the city overall. In fact there has been a 71 % increase in complaints about the air quality in 4 years .
STOP the GRIDLOCK , STOP the CONGESTION , REDUCE the volume of TRUCKS and BUSES
Ninth Avenue corridor bewteen 35th and 46th street has the second highest number of truck accidents per mile in Manhattan
- Pedestrian safety
- Clean Air, Congestion
- Complete Streets
- Traffic Justice
Our Successes/On the ground
- Relocation of Bolt Bus terminal to 33rd Street between 11th and 12th Avenues
- Trailing green turning light at 42nd street and 9th Avenue on south crossing
- Bike share stations all on parking spaces, no loss of pedestrian space
- Greening of Dyer Triangle , 35th/36th, 9th and 10th Avenues
- Three bike corrals on floating parking lane on 9th Avenue to clear sidewalk congestion
- Pedestrian count down on 8th and 9th Avenues
- 60 pedestrian refuges with 8th Avenue protected bike lane 34th to 58th Streets, and 9th Avenue protected bike lane 34th to 58th Streets
- Relocation of Megabus Discount buses to 34th Street between 11th and 12th Av
- Closing of Edison parking exit on 43rd Street ( 8th/9th)
- 40 additional curb side parking spaces for tour and charter Buses,
- Feathering down of traffic on 9th Avenue.
- More time to cross the streets at 37th , 41st and 42nd and 9th, 43rd , 44th , 45th , 46th, 47th Streets and 9th Avenue
- 17 seconds head start (LPI) at Dyer Avenue and 34th Street
- Traffic light at Holy Cross School, 43rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
- Four Speed Bumps on 17th Street between 8th and 10th Avenues for Fulton House families
- Hess Sidewalk redesign (44th -45th at 10th Avenue) to improve PS 51 children safety
- 15th and 16th Street Sidewalk redesign between 8th and 9th Avenues , to improve pedestrian safety
- Reopen 39th and 41st Streets to traffic
- Remove postal trucks from 9th Ave.
- Traffic controllers at 42nd and 9th Ave.
- Traffic controllers at 37th and 9th Ave.
- Traffic controllers at Dyer Avenue and 34th Street
- Greening of Hell’ Kitchen South , (with HKNA)
- Enforcement of Gridlock at 36th, 38th, 40th, 44th, 46th Streets and 9th Avenue
- 9th Avenue Renaissance vision for the neighborhood Supported by CB4
- DOT Transportation Study of Clinton Hell’s Kitchen Funded and underway (Solutions Phase)
- Pedestrian Safety Town Hall
- Bus Idling Town Hall
- Pedestrian Memorial March
- Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance BID
- Gridlock enforcement laws
- Crash reporting law
- Summons reporting law
- Idling around school law
- Tour Bus Loudspeakers law
- Parking Placards Reduction
- Hudson Yards Parking Zoning amendment (with HKNA)
- Long Distance Bus legislation
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Martin Treat , co-founder, Chair, HK
Ernest Modarelli, Vice President, HKS
Linda Ashley, Treasurer, HK
Eric Muise , Secretary,
Howard Carlin, Member CH
Laura Evans, Member CH
George Forbes, Member, HKS
Cecil Hooker, Member, HKS
James Jasper, Member CH
Dan Leers, Member, HK
Mark Robinson, Member, HK
William Rogers, Member, CH
David Solnick, Member, HKS
Allison Tupper, Member, HK
David Warren, Member, HKS
Chana Widawski, Member, HK
Christine Berthet, co-founder, HKS
CHEKPEDS is a New York State Charity and a 501 (c)(3) .