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Pedestrian Safety: A Tale of Two Cities

This week we testified at a City Council Hearing on the collision that killed Samuel Cohen Eckstein. This family’s pain left everyone – including all council members present – in tears.   City Council reps, Transportation Alternatives and members of the public spoke unanimously in support of a bill to lower speed limits to a [...]

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Buses: Reclaiming our Streets!

A few months back, our board member Ashley organized an all out effort to rid 44th Street of buses that used this residential street as a detour to the Port Authority Bus terminal. The Community Board supported the Block Association complaints .
In a follow-up meeting with Port Authority , the Community board learned that stern [...]

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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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Victory! Speed Cameras Pass State Legislature

Against all odds, the legislation allowing New York City to install speed cameras to automatically enforce speed limits, has passed the legislature and should be signed by Governor Cuomo. The major opponent to the bill was the Benevolent Patrolmen Association fronted by Marty Golden, who was concerned for the potential loss of jobs.
Because of the [...]

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NYPD takes a first step toward better crash investigations

The Police Department has moved to examine three times as many crashes this year as last, focusing new attention and resources on another manner of violent death in the streets — the victims walking, riding bicycles or in a vehicle. Resources include more detectives, including a  Collision Technician Group — a newly formed, 12-person crime [...]

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NYC council votes to ban motorized bicycles

e-bikes have long been outlawed on city streets but cops couldn’t issue a citation unless they could prove the rider was exceeding 15 mph.
A bill the Council passed Thursday will prohibit the bikes regardless of their speed. If signed by Mayor Bloomberg as expected, the bill would slap business owners with $100-$250 fines for having [...]

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Congratulations on a giant step forward in traffic justice!

After years of victims’ families despair and frustration, and over five years of dogged advocacy byTransportation Alternatives, with the support of CHEKPEDS and many others, NYPD is finally changing its ways: from now on, crashes will be called “collisions” instead of the inaccurate and  dismissive “accidents”.
In addition, the Collision Investigative Unit (CIS) staff, will be increased [...]

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City Council votes to support speed enforcement by cameras

Earlier this week the New York City Council joined Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign in announcing its support for state legislation that would authorize a speed camera pilot program in New York City.

CHEKPEDS has been supporting these efforts for two years with lobbying trips to Albany. On Monday, March 18th,  CHEKPEDS Chair Martin Treat  testified  again at the [...]

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Take Action: Tell NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to get a dictionary !

Crashes are not accidents!  The New York City Department of Transportation and Department of Health don’t use the word accident, and recently the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles cut “accident” from their vocabulary.
The NYPD, however, has not caught on. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has a Master of Law degree from NYU, a Master [...]

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6 year old kid killed by turning truck driver. Bloomberg blames the parents!

If you were still wondering why three terms is one too many, here’s the quote from a Monday story about the death of 6-year-old Amar Diarrossouba:
“We deploy our police officers when they’re not doing other things,” he said. “We have signs. We try to educate our kids.”
“Parents also have a responsibility to talk to their kids and explain [...]

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