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WSNA Demands Cleaner Air

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July 10, 2007 by westsideneighborhoodalliance

WSNA members were among the most enthusiastic supporters of congestion pricing at Monday’s public hearing with Community Boards 4, 5 and 6 in Chelsea.

Clad in stickers and holding signs, West Siders advocated for congestion pricing, demanding improvements to our neighborhood’s air quality and mass transit system, and increased focus on pedestrian safety and alternative transportation like bicycles.

Click here to see photos from the congestion pricing hearing.

Click here to sign our online petition supporting congestion pricing.

And finally, click here to read coverage of our support on streetsblog.org.

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2 thoughts on “WSNA Demands Cleaner Air

  1. Linda Riera says:

    There is a troubling absence in the congestion plan of the following: what is the impact on the drivers who live in Chelsea and Clinton, must use their cars to go to the outer boros and /or beyond = they will be charged to come back home?

    Many of them are elderly drivers who can’t support the bill because no one seems to have the answer to this question.

  2. david zelman says:

    Like those of you who attended your community board meeting on the topic of congestion pricing, I attended the meeting held by the transportation subcommittee for CPD 7 on this same topic. At our meeting, there were three or four members of the D.O.T.’s team promoting this concept. Along with it came a slide show. I don’t think many will disagree with the premise that we are destroying the environment, or that if we could reduce auto emissions it would be healthier. My hesitiation is because I haven’t witnessed anything being done now. Let me give you examples: I have witnessed a moving truck, on a Friday afternoon in the spring, in a “no standing” zone blocking uptown traffic and creating a traffic jam that snaked 20 blocks behind it. When I mentioned this to a policeman he looked at the traffic, looked at the truck, and said “they’re just working men.” I looked at him and said, “I’m a working man and I’ll be 90% of the drivers of cars stuck in traffic behind this guy doing something illegal, are working men also.”
    How many of the readers have seen traffic backed up on WEA from 41st street because of someone blocking the intersection. Yet the Division of traffic, who have their offices just up the street don’t notice this?
    What about the way buses stand on 79th Street when a “No Parking 4p.m. to 7 p.m.” could solve a big part of the problem.
    We know that SUV’s pollute more, take up more space, and are dangerous, yet if they’re NYC residents they don’t have to pay an 18.75% parking tax. I have long suggested that we remove the tax break for drivers of SUV’s that park in garages and use those millions to build a new school.
    Given that people looking for parking also create more pollutants yet the city restricts the number of parking spaces in a building to, I think, 20% of the apartments. If all new buildings were required to provide one space per apartment the price of parking would go down and so would the pollution.
    I think that we need to do something long term, but we need to have our leaders doing what they can now, in the intrim. So until I see that kind of response, I’m a bit skeptical.

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