Category Archives: Sidewalk

City Launches the #Open Street Program

Bill de Blasio caved to the tremendous push from activists (including Chekpeds) and from the City Council  with the speaker threatening to reach out to Governor Cuomo: the Mayor directed the city to open the streets to pedestrians during the pandemic, without requiring the heavy hand of  NYPD. DOT promised 40 miles right away and […]

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Speaker Corey Johnson introduces legislation to open the streets to pedestrians

Following a strong push by activists and other elected officials, and in face of Mayor DeBlasio opposition , Speaker Corey Johnson is taking the fight to the council, with a bill to open city streets to pedestrians and cyclists during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic to allow New Yorkers more room for social distancing. The legislation, which has widespread […]

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The year of living dangerously – Sign the petition

We hope you, your family and friends are all in good health. Stay inside and follow all prescribed procedures for yourself and other people alike .

Talking about procedures : when walking or shopping, I noticed that there is no way to  cross or pass another pedestrian on a sidewalk, while maintaining a 6 ft distance. […]

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MCB4 Transportation Committee – Shared Streets Selection

CB4 Transportation Committee will discuss which streets should be open to pedestrians for the balance of the confinement period.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 6:30 PM
Join the meeting by teleconference
https://www.gotomeet.me/MCB4-JaninePretente/transportation-planning-committee-meeting-3
Or by phone:1-669-224-3412,
Access Code: 285-375-581
You can check the  proposal here.

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Finally more space for pedestrians in Hell’s Kitchen!

Our community has been asking for the removal of phone booths for years. These bulky and ugly appliances have given shelter to illegal activities, while being of very limited utility and taking up a lot of real estate on our sidewalks where the crowding is intense. They were there to support advertising .
We started working […]

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2019 was a roller coaster- Best Wishes for 2020

 

Dear friends ,
2019 brought us many successes , but – in the end-  turned out to be one of the bloodiest for pedestrians and cyclists in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Eight fatalities!  double from last year. This is devastating. Pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages deserve a safer city. We will not stop until that […]

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Pedestrian and Bike Mayors ?

One week ago the Chair of the City Council’s Transportation committtee introduced legislation to establish two offices: one of pedestrians and one for bicyclists.  Kathleen Treat, representing CHEKPEDS,  spoke in favor of it.
This position exists in London and Amsterdam and would be very useful in New York City to elevate the profile of Pedestrians and […]

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A profound change: the Street Master Plan becomes law

After months of discussions and refinements , the city council , under Speaker Corey Johnson’s leadership , passed a legislation to make the DOT accountable for the annual implementation of street improvements that benefit all. “The law shall prioritize and promote: (i) the safety of all street users; (ii) on-street priority for mass transit vehicles; (iii) […]

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New Wide Sidewalk and Fully Protected Bike Lane on 8th Avenue

 

 
 

DOT has completed its installation of a wider sidewalk and protected bike lane from W38th to W45th Streets,  with NO CONFLICTS with vehicles (full split phase signals, no left turn at W42nd Street)  and striped green at W45th Street ! This is the beginning of a new era for pedestrian and bicyclist safety!  THANK YOU […]

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A miracle in the making

As announced DOT is widening the western sidewalk of 8th Avenue from W38th to W45th Streets and adding a protected bike lane. It is stunning : Yes, all that space is ours!

a NO left turn has been installed on W42nd Street, a small revolution in itself!

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