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NYPD and their Cars

Commissioner Bratton this week repeatedly voiced his support for removing the Times Square Plazas that have become an enormous success with all users including the real estate interests in the area. This is in response to incidents with a few topless women, draped in USA flag paint and the ever-present petty crooks now disguised as [...]

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New Bills introduced to prevent Left Turn collisions

ON August 13, Public Advocate Letitia James introduced two traffic safety bills in the New York City Council aimed at reducing pedestrian deaths across the City. The first bill would require the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish protected left turn signals at 100 additional intersections with four or more traffic lanes. [...]

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Can Vision Zero succeed without good information?

In November , CHEKPEDS testified at a hearing of the City council Technology committee that NYPD was allocating vastly more resources to car crashes without no physical injuries than to crashes with pedestrians/bicyclists injured or killed.
CHEKPEDS has always been very focused on using good data to inform our elected and bring about change. In 2005 we [...]

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Timely Crash Reporting in visual format

Eight years ago Chekpeds started with FOILing (Freedom Of Information Letter) DOT for crash data on 9th Avenue. It took 6 months to receive a pile of paper which we painstakingly turned into  a spreadsheet and a graph.
Transporation Alternatives (TA) then created CrashStats, a hugely useful tool to see the same information on line, but [...]

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In New York City, Pedestrians Rule! …or do They?

AT least they should based on the numbers! 

These numbers are consistent with the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Family Survey which shows 80% of adult going to work by public transpiration or walking.
Then you may ask, why is it that pedestrians get only  30% of the public space on any given street? And how many police [...]

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Bill introduced to improve Community oversight of major transportation projects

[ September 26, 2011; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] City council Transportation Committee HearingMonday, September 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in16th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY

Int. No. 412 – In relation to requiring the department of transportation to hold hearings with affected community boards before a bike lane is constructed.
Int. No. 626 – In relation to interagency consultation prior to [...]

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First glimpse at NYPD Summons Statistics

Early this year the City Council passed the Save lives through Information bill which requires the NYPD to publish monthly summonses and crashes by Precinct. May 2011 is the first month when the summonses are published and here is the first peek at the numbers. We encourage you to use these numbers to prod your [...]

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DOT’s Annual Scorecard | Most New Yorkers Do Not Drive to Shop

In six diverse neighborhoods (from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens) 85-93% of people arrived by transit, biking or walking.  In two neighborhoods (Astoria, Queens and New Dorp, Staten Island), 60-77% of people arrived by transit, biking or walking.  Here are a few other interesting statistics from the report:

Traffic speeds in the Manhattan CBD improved by 6% [...]

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A Major VICTORY : City Council passes three bills to enhance traffic safety and government transparency

Three years ago CHEKPEDS co-founder Martin Treat wanted to find out where crashes happened in our neighborhood and how many summons NYPD was giving at these locations. He created a spreadsheet and attended all Community Precinct Councils, asking for the information to fill it out. He got lots of fuzzy statements, and in the end [...]

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CAll for Action: Ask Speaker Quinn for Transparency on Vehicular Crashes

Languishing in the City Council, there is a bill that could save lives — a bill to hold the NYPD accountable for traffic safety — and if we don’t act, it will fade away.
Take Action CLICK to  Send an e-fax and insist Speaker Quinn fulfill her promise to pass this bill.
When the Saving Lives through Better [...]

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