SANS L TRAIN: Scheduled Open Houses etc..

MTA and DOT are planning open houses to collect community input on their plan for subway, buses, bicycles and pedestrians during the shutdown of the L train. Mitigation of traffic on the adjacent streets will be discussed as well.

Canarsie Tunnel Open Houses
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00 -8:00 p.m.
328 West 14th Street

In addition to the Open Houses, MCB4 has requested that MTA and DOT present to the Transporation Committee with a focus on mitigation in Chelsea. The date is not set yet.

L Canarsie Tunnel Open Houses 2018

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Speak Up: another long distance bus stop@ 42nd street and 9th


Another long distance company is requesting a stop on 42nd street , in the bus lane , at the bus stop on the South East corner of 42nd and 9th. there are already two stops  for airport buses , one stop for a local tour bus and illegally parked post office trucks.

One wonders why MTA buses are slow.

Please join us and speak up on this matter.

Manhattan Community Baord 4 – Transportation committee
Wednesday , January 17, 6:30 p.m.
Cameo Studo B , 307 West 43rd Street (8/9)

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Best Wishes for 2018

2017 felt like a rotten year, but we kept our heads down and managed to accomplish a lot with the help of DOT, our elected officials and the Community Board:

Reclaim Street Space for pedestrians: A whole block of 8th Avenue (42/43) was transformed by dedicating a car lane to pedestrians and adding a protected bike lane side by side. Many cyclists have called for this design to be implemented citywide. We’d like to see it all along 8th Avenue.

Make intersections safer: DOT installed new Split LPI signals at 10 intersections which make crossing them safer.

Improve Air Quality and Congestion:  CHEKPEDS joined the Coalition for Hell’s Kitchen South as a founding member. Our Strategy for the Port Authority replacement is gaining traction: The Port Authority gave up on eminent domain and evictions to focus instead on expanding vertically on site; the Regional Planning Association published recommendations that are in line with the Community Board’s and the City administration is pursuing jointly with Port Authority a parallel study of additional rail links with New Jerseys Click Here for stories. 

Make our crash data expertise available to other advocacy groups , by publishing the first version of the application Crashmapper.0rg 

Best Wishes2018


We have high expectations for 2018 :

Congestion Pricing: will Cuomo and DiBlasio finally focus on New York City (instead of Westchester and  Ohio) and follow in the steps of major cities who have benefitted from congestion pricing ?

Pedestrian and bicyclists safety: will NYC DOT fix the 10 most dangerous intersections in our district? Will they give more time to pedestrians to cross the streets in the newest parts of our district? Will they install the 10 raised pedestrian crossings our council member funded two years ago in the participatory budget? Will NYS DOT fix the dangerous greenway?

Will NYC DOT adopt a new safer standard for bike lanes intersections with vehicular left turns? Will they change the signal timing so that vehicles are limited to 25mph 24 hours a day?

Will 37th street get neck downs? Will we get  crosstown protected bike lanes?

Will State and DOT and NYPD get their act together and make the bus industry more accountable with a permitting process more stringent, equipment and drivers safety tests and truck routes and idling enforcement?

Will DOT make 11th Avenue a complete street ? safer and more efficient for all users: this project, the final piece from the DOT study of Hell’Kitchen traffic, has been delayed multiple times. We hope to see it happen in 2018 as promised.

Will PANYNJ be receptive to our proposals to improve air quality ?

It will take a lot of work and advocacy to get these done. We are counting on you . Happy New Year!


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Cross Town Protected Bike lanes on W37/38th streets?

Community Board 4 wrote a letter to DOT asking them to study the feasibility of protected crosstown bike lanes on 37th and 38th Streets from 11th to 8th Avenue .

The bike lanes would connect workers and residents of the emerging Hudson Yards district to the northbound  / southbound  lanes on 8th and 9th Avenues.  And the recent fatality on 26th street has illustrated that further protection is needed to make this mode of transportation safe for all. This could also be a boon to the Javits’ Center visitors who need a more protected environment to use a bike in New York city.

“CB4 supports Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance BID ’s proposal for bike lanes on these streets and requests that DOT create a plan for protected bike lanes on these streets from Eighth Avenue to Eleventh Avenue. Over the past several years, CB4 has repeatedly requested that DOT provide safe, protected crosstown bike lines. While DOT has stated they are working on several proposals, the safety of our city’s pedestrians and cyclists cannot wait. In this case, the local businesses and communities are explicitly requesting these lanes in order to make their streets more friendly and inviting.”

The developers are anxious to see this facility come on line and we are too!


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Adding 50% more capacity to the existing bus terminal is viable

The results of a recent study concluded this month was presented to the Port Authority Board of Commissioners on September 28, 2017. Engineering and Construction firms concluded that it would be feasible to add two floors to the current bus Terminal and then proceed to renovate the floors below , in a top down approach. This technique has been used before on other buildings. Thus this will be included in the options to be studied as part of the environmental process .

You can see the presentation here and view the video Here ( 0:31:28).

While this is a good news from a land use perspective – no eminent domain will be necessary- many key issues air quality  and street safety remain to be addressed:  increasing by 40% diesel bus exhaust is not going in the right direction unless the building is fully enclosed and the air filtered. And what will happened to pedestrians with 40% more buses on the street or to 40% more commuters who want to go the East side and use the E line , which is already at capacity?

This is only the very first step in a very long precess to resolve all these critical issues to the community satisfaction. We have our work cut for us.


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Meeting with Bus companies and DOT

Bus meeting 10-8-2017


On October 5, 2017 Council Member Corey Johnson was joined by Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, a representative of Assembly Member Rosenthal , CB5 and CB4 to host a meeting of Bus companies Executives, representative and executive officers  of their association, the DOT and NYPD.

This was the second meeting called by the council member’s office in response to the cyclists deaths earlier in the summer in Chelsea.

The list of concerns discussed was long : Bus routes ( DOT is preparing a new map for buses) Idling is a major issue (DOT clarified the rules – Idling is not permitted during prolonged Loading – unloading – Air conditioning need the engine idling to cool the cab- eventually electric buses will be an answer. Alternate  fuels and auxiliary power should be considered) Spill back which has a major effect on pedestrians , Parking and Layover is a major issue (DOT should publish a map and explore a reservation system as exists in Alexandria, VA, DOT should push for the building of a bus garage).

A good meeting but an endless battle to be continued …

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DOT Focuses on Protecting Intersections for Cyclists

After a number of Community Boards banded together to ask the DOT to protect intersections along bike lanes, a study is underway to look at all intersections treatments and come back with recommendation some time next year.

As part of this study, the DOT installed various tests, bollards on the upper west side, Columbus Avenue at 70th Street and Amsterdam Avenue at 85th Street; and a split LPI in Hell’s Kitchn (9th Avenue at W38th Street) . We look forward to get your feedback.

This comes on the heels of DOT’s publication of ” Safer Cycling” a report that analyzes all causes of death and injuries for cyclists. It found that while cycling is getting safer, especially in CitiBike’s territory, the vast majority of crashes occur on streets without protected bike lanes , and 86% of serious injuries occur at intersections. Something pedestrians are well aware of.

ghost-bikeMost crashes leading to fatalities fall in three categories : traveling adjacent to a motor vehicle (29%), traveling at a right angle to a motor vehicle (27%), and motor vehicle turn crashes (21%), the latter being very close to the statistics for pedestrians.

Since 2009, CHEKPEDS has been advocating for Split phase signals at all intersections on bike lanes.

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Many Signals Do Not Provide Sufficient Crossing Time

In 2017, the Hudson Yards/ Hell’s Kitchen ( HYHK) Alliance completed a comprehensive streetscape study in their catchment area of 30th to 42nd Street, 9th Avenue to 11th Avenue. One of the unexpected findings is that many traffic signals have not been properly adjusted to allow enough time for pedestrians to cross the road.

The map below illustrate which intersections are not in compliance and thus present dangerous situation for pedestrians. The HYHK asked the Community Board 4 (CB4) to support their request to DOT to adjust signals at those intersections . CB4 voted unanimously to support it and is writing a letter to the DOT to this effect.

insufficient crossing time

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Join Us : Discuss Air Quality with the State Agency DEC

After our presentation on Air quality  - or lack thereof –  to the Parks and Environment Committee of CB4, the state agency in charge of the environment – Department for Environmental Conservation, (DEC)  will be presenting their plans and efforts to the committee.

Department of Environmental Conservation Presentation
Thursday, October 14, 2017, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
353 West 30th Street

The 50% increase in the number of buses in our backyard proposed by the Port Authority means that our air will become much worse when it should be improved.

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