Transportation

Livable Streets & Vision Zero

Last year, I asked 60,000 families to contribute to my "Livable Streets" report by letting me know where East Side streets need improvement. Because of the report, the Department of Transportation has agreed to do Pedestrian Interval Studies at dangerous intersections, install a bus shelter and bike rack, and beautify our streets.

Following the report, the DOT and NYPD also released a Vision Zero Borough Pedestrian Safety Plan for Manhattan. They included included priority corridors on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Ave as well as intersections from my report: Lexington Avenue and East 86th Street, 2nd Avenue and East 79th Street, East 75th Street and 1st Avenue, East 62nd Street and 1st Avenue, 3rd Avenue and 57th Street, and 2nd Avenue and East 53rd Street.

To learn more about how we are working to make the east side safer, you can read the report and my statement online, or have a look at the article in Our Town.

Buses and Subways

We’ve all experienced long wait times whether it is waiting for multiple trains to go by until you can get on or waiting for local buses, while select buses fly by or while buses never come. I am fighting to get the MTA to release Bus Time historical time and location information so we can use data to force improvements in service. Please report on your experiences with bus or subway service.

Bike Safety

Safe biking is a top concern for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike. We held three forums on the issue and launched a Commercial Bike Safety program to educate and provide commercial cyclists with free safety vests, lights and bells. The program empowers you to call 311 and my office if you see commercial bikes, biking dangerously, or without vests, lights, bells, or identification numbers. In the warmer months, we will increase education and enforcement.

Ferry Service on the East Side

Ferry service is coming to our waterfronts, according to a plan announced by the Mayor during his state of the city speech, including connections between Roosevelt Island and Astoria, Long Island City, and 34th Street in Manhattan, as well as East 90th Street and East 62nd Street with lower Manhattan and the Bronx. Following Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Maloney, I have advocated for expanded ferry service since my campaign and look forward to taking back our waterfronts with this much-needed transportation program on the East Side.

Livable Streets

In my first year in office I launched a “Livable Streets” initiative for a neighborhood where residents can walk, bike, drive or take public transportation safely. A series of tragic traffic collisions in our neighborhood have reinforced the importance of Vision Zero, a city proposal, whose launch I participated in, to eliminate traffic fatalities — because no one should die from a preventable accident.

I've asked 60,000 families in my district to identify dangerous intersections and street-scape improvements and using this feedback from the community I've released our first two reports on Livable Streets: Part I: Dangerous Intersections (PDF) and Part II: Street Improvements (PDF) as covered in the Daily News.

Part I: Dangerous Intersections (PDF)
Part II: Street Improvements (PDF)

Following the report, the DOT and NYPD also released a Vision Zero Borough Pedestrian Safety Plan for Manhattan. They included included priority corridors on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Ave as well as intersections from my report: Lexington Avenue and East 86th Street, 2nd Avenue and East 79th Street, East 75th Street and 1st Avenue, East 62nd Street and 1st Avenue, 3rd Avenue and 57th Street, and 2nd Avenue and East 53rd Street.

Please report dangerous intersections and corners to my office, so we can pass them along to the relevant agencies. Please also report bus stops that need a shelter, sidewalks where you would like to see benches or bike racks, corners that should be wheelchair and walker accessible, potholes to fix, and any other concerns you have — so we can all have livable streets. Please call or email our office with as much detail as possible or fill out the form below.

Please provide locations of bus stops in need of shelters.

Please provide locations where it would be nice to have a CityRack for bikes. CityRacks are a much better place to chain a bike than a sign post, lamp post or worse yet a tree. Please be sure to indicate whether or not you have secured the support of the land lord for the property where the CityRack is proposed.

Please provide locations where it would be nice to have a CityBench to sit on. Please be sure to indicate whether or not you have secured the support of the land lord for the property where the CityBench is proposed.

Please provide corners that should be wheelchair or walker accessible. The intersection and cardinal direction (North, East, West, South) will help us easily identify the corner.

Please provide locations of potholes in as much detail as possible so that I can have them filled immediately.

Transit

Bus Service

We’ve all experienced long wait times for local buses, while select buses fly by or while buses never come. I am fighting to get the MTA to release Bus Time historical time and location information so we can use data to force improvements in service. To report on bus or subway service, please visit BenKallos.com/transit/survey

Bike Share with CitiBike

The Upper East Side is slated to receive CitiBike bike share in the Summer of 2015. Following community input a draft plan has been released with opportunity to comment closing in the first weeks of June 2015. We worked with the community, receiving extensive feedback on the draft plan for a final planned bike share system that I hope will benefit the community.

Ferry Service

Ferry service is coming to our waterfronts, according to a plan announced by the Mayor during his state of the city speech, including connections between Roosevelt Island and Astoria, Long Island City, and 34th Street in Manhattan, as well as East 90th Street and East 62nd Street with lower Manhattan and the Bronx. Following Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Maloney, I have advocated for expanded ferry service since my campaign and look forward to taking back our waterfronts with this much-needed transportation program on the East Side.

East Side Transit Survey

We’ve all experienced long wait times whether it is waiting for multiple trains to go by until you can get on or waiting for local buses, while select buses fly by or while buses never come. I am fighting to get the MTA to release Bus Time historical time and location information so we can use data to force improvements in service. Please report on your experinces with bus or subway service.

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Bike Safety

Our Town reported on the 2016 results from the Bike Safety Program. The results include a nine-fold increase in enforcement year-to-date with 1,865 summonses issued to bicycles, last year 200 summonses issued by the 19th precinct.

This Bike Safety Program is run in partnership with Council Member Garodnick, the NYPD, Department of Transportation, Bike New York, Citi Bike, and Transportation Alternatives.  The NYPD presented new statistics from the summer 2016 initiatives and recent expansion of the program, including:

Since the summer of 2015, the bike safety program has succeeded in its goal of helping pedestrians and cyclists safely enjoy city streets, as covered by CBS, NBC, Our Town and amNY. Following last year’s Bike Safety program in August, the NYPD’s 19th Precinct reported a year-to-date 15% decrease in bike and pedestrian collisions.

The bike safety program includes:

An analysis of NYPD Motor Vehicle Collision data from July 2012 to September 2016 for zip codes covering the East Side from 26th Street to 96th Street (10016, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10028, 10065, 10075, 10128) found: