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Last week, hundreds rallied in front of Governor Cuomo’s New York office to ask for better transit and to pass congestion pricing now! Our neighborhood could be one of the biggest winner from Congestion Pricing: Less cars, Less gridlock , less idling , less emissions.
On April 3rd, 6:00 p.m. the Hell’s Kitchen South Coalition will give an update of the Port Authority Bus Project, and everyone will get an opportunity to comment on a proposed neighborhood plan.
The Department of Transportation tells us they are studying the following dangerous areas we had been flagging for years:
60th Street and 9th Avenue
57th Street and 8th Avenue
42nd Street and 8th Avenue
DOT is also working on a summer/ fall 2018 schedule to actually convert 11th Avenue to one way , with bike lane and bus platforms .
This is very encouraging.
Join us at the Manhattan Community Board 4 Transportation Committee to share your comments and opinions on these topics and more..
Manhattan Community Board 4 – Transportation Committee
Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30 p.m.
The Flats, 554 West 53rd Street (10/11)
The meeting will be followed by the first meeting of the ADA Working group .
Crashmapper.org a web-based app, developed by CHEKPEDS was launched in New York City, on February 28, 2018. The application received very positive reviews from Streetsblog “ This Is the Tool You Need to Push for Safer Streets in Your Part of NYC”. A reputed transportation consultant calls it ” a fantastic tool” and even some DOT employees find it “cool”.
Crashmapper showing crashes on 9th avenue in 2017.
Crashmapper.org, a new web-based app that maps and analyzes traffic crashes and trends in New York City will be launched by CHEKPEDS, a non-profit coalition for pedestrian safety, today. The app has data from 2012 and incorporates updates from New York City open data portals.
Although traffic fatalities are on a downward trend, there were still over 60,000 injuries and deaths in 2017 in New York City from vehicles. To accelerate increased pedestrian safety progress, it is critical to fix intersections that contribute disproportionately to this epidemic. Each passing day means injuries or deaths that could be avoided and families saved from the agony of losing a loved one.
Using New York City open data in real time, the application maps, trends, compares and ranks intersections and streets where crashes have occurred. With a few clicks, crashmapper.org makes available to all—activists, press, elected officials, agencies, police precincts, community boards, and business improvement districts—the information necessary to evaluate in minutes instead of days the safety of our streets, and request remedies accordingly. The app also allows the user to define custom areas to evaluate the effectiveness of a given street improvement.
“For over a decade, CHEKPEDS has been working to improve safety measures on New York City’s busy streets and sidewalks,” said Christine Berthet, CHEKPEDS co-founder. “This app is data-driven, which will help inform solutions and give the information needed to prioritize dangerous intersections and sidewalks. One injury or death is one too many, and working together to achieve the goals of Vision Zero will end that.”
The fully open-source application was built by the nonprofit Greeninfo Network. “Making public data accessible is the first step. New York is doing a great job at that. Making public data meaningful is the next step, and that’s what Crashmapper does,” said Dan Rademacher, Executive Director of Greeninfo Network. “You can view more than a million crashes framed by the neighborhoods, political boundaries, and other places that matter to city residents. We’re taking raw data and turning it into meaning for the good of the city.”
“Location data has the potential to change the way we see our environment, and the plans we make to improve it,” said Tyler Bird of CARTO, which is supporting the project with a grant for its services. “Our grant program is designed to make these tools available to more organizations looking to make smarter, data-based decisions, and Crashmapper is a shining example of how Location Intelligence can be utilized in an engaging and meaningful way to create safer communities for citizens.
The App was funded by grants from the City Council Speaker and Manhattan Borough President as well as private foundations. It is accessible for free at www.crashmapper.org
Following the tragic death of two very young children in the pedestrian crossing with the walk light, at the hands of a driver who had previously accumulated 8 violations, and had had a seizure, over 900 activists gathered in Brooklyn to demand better street design and better enforcement.
Joshua Lew and Abigail Blumenstein, aged 1 and 4, were killed by a woman who drove her car through a red light in Brooklyn. Five weeks before that, a man drove an oil truck without a license and killed another child in Brooklyn: Kevin Flores, age 13.
We also learned that there are 25,000 drivers in New York city who have a similar violation history and are still doing on the streets .
Meanwhile Mayor Di Blasio proposed to add 200 speed cameras in NYC and to make repeated camera detected violation trigger higher penalties including a license suspension after 5 such infractions. Both measures require a vote in Albany.
The MTA and NYC Transit has proposed bus service cuts to the M104 line. Assemblymember Rosenthal wrote a letter to NYC Transit President Andrew Byford requesting the cuts be halted.
Protest M104 Service Cuts
Monday, March 19. 10:30 a.m.
MTA Board, 2 Broadway, 20th Floor (Whitehall/ Broad) (4,5 W,R ,55,15,20)
Rally to Demand Congestion Pricing NOW
Tuesday, March 20. 6-7:00 p.m.
633 Third Avenue (40/41) , Gov Cuomo NY office
Subways are in a state of emergency. Just last week, an aging cable at the West 96th Street station caused a massive track fire that crippled commutes. Between this dysfunctional subway system, buses that move at walking speeds, and congestion that ranks among the world’s worst, New York City’s transit network has reached its breaking point.
Congestion pricing revenues could fix the subways, make our streets safer, and end gridlock as we know it. That’s why it’s critical that Governor Cuomo and leaders in Albany make it a part of the state’s budget this year. And with only two weeks left in the budget session, they need to hear from transit advocates like us now more than ever.
Community Board 4, the NYC council speaker and a broad coalition of transportation, environmental, public health, business, tech, real estate, and labor leaders support the proposal, and the governor himself has said that congestion pricing “is an idea whose time has come.”
We’re holding a rally at the governor’s Midtown doorstep next Tuesday: to demand that the governor and Albany finally muster the political will to put the transit-riding public ahead of a handful of wealthy car owners, and pass congestion pricing NOW. We’ll be calling on the governor to stay true to his word. We’re closer than ever to finally making congestion pricing a reality in New York; let’s keep the pressure on him to take us over the finish line.
P.S. Nearly 1,500 people have already signed our petition calling on Albany to pass congestion pricing — if you haven’t added your name yet, tell our elected leaders we need congestion pricing now.
Please forward the invitation and the petition to all your friends.