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The Bottom line

NEW YORK CITY WANTS TO PUT A GARBAGE TRUCK RAMP RIGHT BETWEEN TWO PLAYGROUNDS AT E. 91ST STREET, PUTTING 400,000 CHILDREN AT RISK EVERY YEAR. THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION: MOVE THE RAMP JUST ONE BLOCK.

THE EAST 91st STREET GARBAGE STATION SHOULDN’T BE BUILT. BUT IF IT IS GOING AHEAD, WE MUST MOVE THE TRUCK RAMP AWAY FROM CHILDREN AS THEY EXERCISE AND PLAY.

The Details

Kids vs. Trucks

New York City is building a garbage truck ramp that will route 150 garbage trucks a day in between 2 playgrounds. This is a traffic disaster waiting to happen.

Under the current plan, garbage trucks will drive through residential crosswalks and make dangerous right hand turns. Doctors and parents oppose the ramp location because it puts kids in danger and exposes them to toxic exhaust particles from the trucks. Read this traffic study by Sam Schwartz Engineering (link) for more information on why Mayor de Blasio can make the entire neighborhood safer for all pedestrians by moving the ramp one block.

Putting the truck ramp in the path of our children is a disaster waiting to happen. Help us move the ramp, just one block.

A garbage dump shouldn’t be built where kids play.

Tell the city to move the ramp.

The Facts

Moving the ramp will keep trucks on wider commercial routes and sharply limit their use of residential streets and crosswalks.

Moving the ramp will require the closing of the southbound entrance to FDR Drive at 92nd Street, taking more than 1,000 cars off 92nd Street every day.

Moving the ramp will move trucks away from one of the heaviest pedestrian crossings in the area at 91st Street and York Avenue, and away from the field and DeKovats playground, reducing exposure to diesel fumes.

Garbage trucks are the deadliest single-unit truck type. They killed 25 people between 2010 and 2014 — including a recent death just one block away.

Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14.


Source: Sam Schwartz Engineering Traffic Study (7MB)

Move the Ramp Updates

May. 22, 2015: Zumba party brings community together to Move the Ramp. Read more and see photos here.

May. 21, 2015: New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announces his support to Move the Ramp. Read the official statement here.

May. 21, 2015: Capital New York, "East 91st Street trash transfer station elicits separate protests"

May. 1, 2015: Hundreds of Big Swim attendees want the Mayor to be their hero and Move the Ramp. Read more and see photos here.

Mar. 24, 2015: Change.org petition to Move the Ramp reaches over 10,000 signatures. See the petition update here.

Mar. 24, 2015: Hundreds of residents celebrate Move the Ramp campaign and sign on to Change.org petition. Read more and see photos here.

Mar. 13, 2015: Community members to celebrate Spring Fling and Move the Ramp campaign. Read more here.

Mar. 6, 2015: Brooklyn President Gale Brewer confirms that the Marine Transfer Station project is going forward, but agrees that the ramp is in "a lousy location." Read more here.

Feb. 19, 2015: New York City ordered us to take down our banner. See the photo here.

Feb. 11, 2015: We launched this Change.org petition: "Keep NYC kids safe from garbage trucks and move the ramp"

Feb. 3, 2015: Fox 5 Good Day New York, "Garbage Station Compromise?"

Jan. 28, 2015: Tri-State Transportation Campaign, "Wednesday Winners (& Losers)"

Jan. 26, 2015: The New York Times, "A Promising Garbage Workaround"

Nov. 25, 2014: The New York Times, "With Ad, Neighbors Zero In on Bill de Blasio in Truck Ramp Dispute"

Nov. 24, 2014: Daily News, "EXCLUSIVE: City will temporarily close part of Asphalt Green while ramp is built for Upper East Side waste-transfer station"

Nov. 4, 2014: New York Post, "UES trash transfer station would triple city's costs: study"

Nov. 9, 2014: New York Post, "Trash transfer station could be problematic for Vision Zero"

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