Tag Archives: Street Design

11th Av. conversion crowns 15 years of advocacy on the west side

Our long-held dream to rebalance the vehicular traffic between 9th and  11th avenues by converting 11th Avenue becoming one-way south only has been realized. As promised, DOT changed traffic lights and markings at the end of June 2019.  In August, will be the installation of bus loading platforms and a bike lane on the west side [...]

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Join us in asking for more walking space

[ June 12, 2019; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Like all of us , people who walk, you are probably frustrated by the lack of space for pedestrians. On both 8th and 9th Avenues, one often has to walk in the bike lane . Not good for cyclists or pedestrians.  At intersections we need to walk around buses and cars, right in the traffic.

Join us [...]

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11th Avenue being converted to one-way (44/57)

Finally after 12 years of planning work, the DOT has started the conversion of 11th Avenue from two-way to one-way south between 44th and 57th Streets  !
It was the ultimate goal of the Hell’s kitchen study, to optimize the unused capacity and re balance the load between the various avenues.  The installation will take place in [...]

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14th Street: Transit and Truck priority Pilot

In July, DOT and MTA will start operating a new configuration on 14th street from 3rd to 8th Avenues, 5 AM to 10 PM as an 18 month pilot: one lane each way , located in the center will carry buses and  trucks across the island. All other traffic will be permitted on one block [...]

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Protected intersections will be standard on 11th Avenue bike lane

Last Month, New York City DOT gave MCB4′s Transportation Committee a comprehensive update on the roll out of a newly configured 11th Avenue, with a one-way section from 40th Street to 57th Street and two-way below 40th Street. This project is part of the DOT’ Study of Hell’s Kitchen started in 2007  at CHEKPEDS’ request [...]

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Will bicyclists and pedestrians ever be on the same wavelength?

Following the September 2018 publication of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)‘s study “Cycling at a Crossroad”, a cyclist and a pedestrian joined forces in developing a simulator to identify the best possible signal timing, one that would provide the maximum safety to both pedestrians and cyclists while guaranteeing the longest green wave [...]

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Can electronic scooters peacefully co-exist with pedestrians?

CHEKPEDS has learned that Speaker Corey Johnson and Transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez are working on a legislation to ensure the orderly inclusion of electric scooters in the New York Transportation options.

These appliances which look like a children ‘s toy have showed up in various cities and caused consternation with pedestrians as described in this article “What [...]

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West 37th Street Renaissance

Over 10 years ago CHEKPEDS initiated a 9th Avenue Renaissance project which incorporated over 1,000 input from the community. The resulting suggested various  designs for streets.
Fast forward to 2017 , when the recently formed Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK Business Improvement District) initiated a Streetscape Study of its district.
in 2018, HYHK started to implement the plan [...]

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Pedestrians and cyclists fight over crumbs on 8th Avenue

I know , pedestrians will tell you that cyclists are doing all sorts of illegal stuff: running red lights, interfering with pedestrians in the crosswalk, going the wrong way, riding on the sidewalk  and they are right about all of it. Bicyclists scare pedestrians with unexpected moves and can be very callous when called upon [...]

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Inclusive streets: focus on disabled persons

When we met with Andy Byford , the new head of New York City Transit, he declared being very focused on accessibility. His 10 year plan is proof that he was serious .  Now the Coalition of Block Associations againstthe L train who had filed a lawsuit against both DOT and MTA, has already settled [...]

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