Tag Archives: policy

Are Cyclists like Drivers or Pedestrians?

In the wake of the horrific deaths of two pedestrians after being hit by cyclists , a healthy debate has taken place in the press and at CHEKPEDS. It seems that the question is at the heart of the current debate on cyclists.

One treats bicycles like vehicles because they use the roadway, but they do [...]

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25 mph: A Hard-Won Victory in Albany

Both the  Assembly and the State passed bill S07892 allowing New York City to reduce its default speed limit to 25 mph from the current 30 mph. Both Assembly Member Dick Gottfried and Linda Rosenthal were  proponents  and  Senator Brad Hoylman was front and center in the Senate battle in the last day of the session. Governor Cuomo [...]

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Vision Zero: Two Full and Emotional Weeks

Last week, NYC Council Transportation Committee heard public comments on 22 bills designed to be the first phase of Mayor De Blasio’s Vision Zero . The Day started with a press conference where “Families for Safe Streets” which regroup members of the families of crash victims spoke up. They again testified at the hearing and [...]

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Vision Zero: Learn more

[ February 25, 2014; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] We attended the Vision Zero announcement in front of the victims families on the left and many elected officials including Borough President Gale Brewer on the right, Council member Helen Rosenthal and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal amongst others. Amongst the  63 recommendations: the administration pledges to fix 50 dangerous intersections a year, and provide better driver education. [...]

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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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Which Mayoral Candidate will serve best Pedestrians?

On April 22, 2013 CHEKPEDS was a partner organization for the 2013 New York City Mayoral Forum on Sustainability, hosted by the New York League of Conservative Voters Education Fund and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Ernest  Modarelli shares his notes on the event which brought together the nine multi party candidates:

Sal Albanese, Jon [...]

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Watch the 2013 Mayoral Forum On Sustainability

[ April 22, 2013; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] On Earth Day – April 22, 2013 – the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design will host a major candidate forum, featuring the leading candidates running for mayor. The candidates will be questioned on their positions on parks, waterfront development, traffic congestion, clean air, stormwater management, traffic [...]

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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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Steps to a Walkable Community

Three weeks ago (it seems like an eternity), Sam Schwartz Engineering published jointly with America Walks a complete guide on how to improve the environment for pedestrians.  This is quite a breakthrough to have one of the better known transportation engineers in the US  (Gridlock Sam) take on the perspective of the pedestrian and apply [...]

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