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This Week: The Dangers of 57th Street

With the holidays approaching, the calendar items are stacked toward the early part of the week. Looks like this is the final burst of community board action before 2015 — get it while you can.

Here are the highlights, with more goodies on the full calendar:

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Lincoln Square, Pulaski Bridge, Gowanus Greenway

Things get going tomorrow with a community board meeting about proposed safety improvements for the Lincoln Square bowtie, followed by updates on the Pulaski Bridge bike path on Wednesday and an on-street greenway connection between Carroll Gardens and Sunset Park on Thursday.

As always, check the calendar for the full slate of events. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: On the agenda of the Brooklyn Community Board 1 transportation committee: an open discussion of cycling in the district. If you have ideas about how to improve cycling in north Brooklyn and don’t want to see this meeting descend into cyclist stereotypes, you can’t miss this one. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT will unveil a pedestrian safety proposal for the Lincoln Square “bowtie,” where Broadway crosses Amsterdam Avenue near Lincoln Center, to the Manhattan Community Board 7 transportation committee. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT will host a public meeting in Long Island City to provide an update on the Pulaski Bridge bike path. The project will convert a southbound car lane to a two-way protected bike path. It was supposed to be completed this year, but has been held up by red tape. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Join author and transit historian Andrew J. Sparberg at the New York Transit Museum as he discusses the history of New York’s transit system between subway unification in 1940 and the creation of the MTA in 1968. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT will present a proposal for a Gowanus Greenway Connector on Hamilton Avenue between Carroll Gardens and Sunset Park to a joint meeting of the Brooklyn Community Board 6 and 7 transportation committees. 6:30 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Transportation Tech, Central Brooklyn Bike Lanes

Most of the action this week is happening on Wednesday, starting with an expert panel at the NYU Rudin Center about how technology is affecting transportation and land use.

As always, check the calendar for the full slate of events. Here are the highlights:

  • Monday: DOT will present an update on proposed bike lanes to the Brooklyn Community Board 14 transportation committee, covering Midwood, Ditmas Park, and Flatbush. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The NYU Rudin Center hosts a panel of experts who’ll discuss the impact of technology on transportation and land use, featuring Robin Chase of Buzzcar, Stacey Hodge of NYC DOT, Greg Lindsay of the Rudin Center, and Benjamin De La Peña from the Knight Foundation. 9 a.m. (A City Council oversight hearing on the topic begins at 10 a.m.)
  • Also Wednesday: Manhattan Community Board 4 is set to vote on a resolution in support of “complete streets” on Seventh Avenue and another asking for Port Authority Bus Terminal operational improvements. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Wednesday: CIVITAS and the National Academy are hosting a panel on the future of the East River Esplanade in East Harlem and the Upper East Side, moderated by Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT will present to Queens Community Board 2 about Citi Bike’s expansion to Long Island City and western Queens. 7 p.m.
  • Friday: Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture + Urban Design will present the current design proposal for the Queensway at the Pratt Institute on 14th Street in Manhattan. 6 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Bike Policy Extravaganza

Tomorrow evening, city agencies and elected officials host a forum on improving bicycling in Bushwick. Then on Thursday, the City Council transportation committee will hold an oversight hearing on bike policy. Shouldn’t be that hard to make this one a big improvement over the last City Council hearing about bikes.

As always, check the calendar for the full slate of events. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: DOT, the Department of City Planning, Brooklyn Community Board 4, and Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal will discuss the state of bicycling in Bushwick and want your ideas about how to improve bicycling in the neighborhood. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: There are two Brooklyn community board transportation committee meetings of interest. Transportation Alternatives will discuss the results of its North Brooklyn Vision Zero forum with CB 1 at 6:30 p.m., while DOT and the MTA will discuss Select Bus Service on the B46 Utica Avenue route with CB 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Manhattan Community Board 4 transportation committee is set to discuss and vote on a resolution asking DOT for a complete streets redesign of Seventh Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Along Richmond Terrace, between Van Name and Van Pelt Avenues, a parcel of land is slated to be redesigned to create a permanent public space. Join DOT, the Parks Department, Northfield Community LDC, and Council Member Debi Rose to share your thoughts about plaza design. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: The City Council transportation committee is holding an oversight hearing on bicycling in New York City. In addition to city and state agencies, members of the public are invited to give testimony. 1 p.m.
  • Friday: Want to improve public space at the Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street subway station in Brooklyn? A pop-up installation will include mock-ups of street-level shops, bike racks, way-finding signage, and brighter lighting, plus ways to provide feedback and discuss ideas. 2 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Better Buses on Utica and the Vision Zero Symposium

Street safety experts from around the world are gathering in New York this week to discuss Vision Zero, and the public can join them in workshops on Saturday. Also this week, New Yorkers can work for better bus service on Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue or a new bike lane on Staten Island’s Clove Road.

As always, check the calendar for the full slate of events. Here are the highlights:

  • Monday: After a request from Staten Island Community Board 1 and local advocates, DOT will present a proposal for a new bike lane on Clove Road to the board. 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Transportation Alternatives activists in Queens are meeting on Tuesday evening, followed on Wednesday evening by a meeting in the Bronx and a first-ever gathering in eastern Queens. Join in to plan safe streets campaigns in your borough.
  • Wednesday: DOT is meeting with Brooklyn Community Board 1 to discuss the proposed one-way conversion of Bogart Street in East Williamsburg. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: MTA and NYC DOT are hosting a workshop to gather ideas on how to improve bus service for the 48,000 people who ride the B46 Utica Avenue line. Join Riders Alliance supporters at the meeting and make sure your voice is heard. 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Traffic safety experts from around the world are gathering in New York this week to discuss how Vision Zero can become a reality in cities. The public can join in on Saturday with site visits on Queens Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, in addition to a workshop on equity in Vision Zero. RSVP required.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Vote! Plus, the Big Reveal for Woodhaven BRT

On Wednesday DOT and the MTA will present their proposal for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens. These extremely wide streets present the perfect opportunity for better busways that won’t get clogged by cars, and the local City Council members all want to see a design that puts transit riders first. The Riders Alliance is urging people who support BRT on Woodhaven to turn out for the open house where the agencies will reveal the design proposals for the project.

Oh, and don’t forget to vote on Tuesday. Seats in the Assembly and State Senate are on the line, as well as statewide offices.

Here are more livable streets happenings week. As always, check the calendar for the full slate of events.

  • Today: Community Board 12 and local electeds will host a street safety forum in Washington Heights. Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez and Council Member Mark Levine, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and Assembly Member Denny Farrell are slated to attend. 6 p.m.
  • Also Today: The Brooklyn CB 14 transportation committee will hear a presentation from New York City Transit on F train station renovations. DOT will present on traffic calming and pedestrian safety at Church and Flatbush Avenues, traffic planning for the new Kings Theater, and a redesign of Coney Island Avenue between Avenues M and O. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: It’s Election Day — vote!
  • Wednesday: DOT and the MTA will unveil design proposals for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Among other items, the Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee will discuss adjusting traffic signals along the Second Avenue Subway corridor to give pedestrians more crossing time. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Queens CB 2 will hear from DOT about the Vernon Boulevard bike lane, as well as a review of the demapping of Vaux Road between 59th and 60th Streets. 7 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Lots of Livable Streets Action at Community Boards

This week, there are opportunities to support bike corrals, bike lanes, better bus service, and Safe Routes to Schools at community board meetings in Brooklyn and Queens. Plus: Two City Council committees are set to tackle pedestrian safety issues this week.

Here are the highlights. Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

  • Tuesday: The City Council sanitation committee will consider a bill to require snow plows to be fitted with lights and audible warnings to prevent pedestrian deaths. It will also consider a bill requiring DSNY to issue an annual report concerning the condition of roadways and pedestrian islands after snow storms. 1 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Lots of community board action tomorrow night. The Brooklyn CB 1 transportation committee will reconsider three previously-rejected North Brooklyn bike corrals at 6:30 p.m., Brooklyn CB 9 will reconsider a road diet and bike lane for Franklin Avenue at 7 p.m., Riders Alliance will meet with the Brooklyn CB 8 transportation committee to discuss improvements to the B46 bus at 7 p.m., and DOT will present a Safe Routes to School project in Ridgewood to the Queens CB 5 transportation committee at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The City Council transportation committee will consider two bills: one to increase the number of blind-accessible pedestrian signals and another to give free parking at muni meters in the minutes before paid parking requirements end. 1 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Join Riders Alliance for cookies and phone-banking to make sure Queens bus riders come out to the upcoming meeting where DOT and MTA are expected to unveil a BRT plan for Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Weigh in on a project that could bring “shared space” to Downtown Brooklyn. DOT will present conceptual designs for three blocks of Willoughby and Pearl Streets. 6 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Join Streetsblog and Streetfilms for The Streets Ball

The annual benefit for Streetsblog and Streetfilms is Thursday — just three days away. Space is limited, so to guarantee your spot(s), buy your tickets by Wednesday at midnight. Join us at the Invisible Dog on Bergen Street as we honor the accomplishments of former NYC DOT policy director Jon Orcutt and Families For Safe Streets.

Before the benefit comes around, there are plenty of chances to speak up for better walking, biking and transit. Here are the highlights. Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

  • Monday: The Brooklyn community boards spanning East New York  and Brownsville will both be talking about biking and walking improvements tonight. CB 5 will consider safety improvements on Pennsylvania Avenue, expansion of the East New York bike network, and a Neighborhood Slow Zone. Adjacent CB 16 will take up bike corrals and street seats. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Join Riders Alliance, Council Member Donovan Richards, and other elected officials and advocates to fight for Bus Rapid Transit in Queens on the steps of City Hall. 10 a.m.
  • Also Tuesday: More Brooklyn community board action… At 6 p.m., the CB 2 transportation committee will consider, among other items, PARK Smart reforms for Myrtle Avenue. At 6:30 p.m., CB 7′s Vision Zero task force turns its attention to Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park. And at 7 p.m., the CB 9 transportation committee will consider a new bike lane for Franklin Avenue from Atlantic Avenue to Empire Boulevard, as well as speed humps in the Crown Heights Neighborhood Slow Zone.
  • Wednesday: Council Member Ben Kallos is hosting a forum with NYPD to discuss enforcement of bike laws on the Upper East Side. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: DOT continues its second round of public workshops on the Jamaica Bay Greenway with an event for residents of Marine Park, Mill Basin, and Sheepshead Bay. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join Streetsblog and Streetfilms as we celebrate the livable streets successes of 2014 at The Streets Ball, starting at 7 p.m. Buy your tickets today!

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Verrazano Bike Path, Safer 155th Street

This week, speak up for complete streets in Chelsea, safety fixes at a major intersection in Washington Heights, and a bike-pedestrian path on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

And don’t forget, The Streets Ball is next Thursday, the 23rd — get your tickets while you can!

Here are the highlights. Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

  • Tuesday: Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal hosts a bike safety forum with DOT, the 20th Precinct, the Riverside Park Conservancy, and Transportation Alternatives. 2 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Council Member Brad Lander’s participatory budgeting neighborhood assembly will focus on streets and transit. Weigh in on how to spend city capital dollars and discuss the neighborhood’s transportation issues. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: The Manhattan Community Board 9 transportation committee may vote on DOT’s traffic safety plan for the complex intersection on the Manhattan side of the 155th Street Bridge. (CB 12′s transportation committee voted unanimously in support last week.) 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Manhattan Community Board 4 transportation committee will take up a request for DOT to study “complete streets” treatments like protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The new commanding officer of the 78th Precinct will be on hand for a meeting of the Brooklyn Community Board 6 transportation committee. On the agenda: a request for a bike corral at the precinct house and a presentation by DOT about the effect of Park SMART on Atlantic Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Join the Harbor Ring Committee on the grounds of Staten Island’s Alice Austen House to rally for a bike-pedestrian path across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. 11 a.m.
  • Also Saturday: DOT is hosting a meeting to gather ideas for the permanent design of Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights. 2 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: 37th Street Greenway Link, Rethink Jay Street

Lots of public meetings this week about street safety and transit improvements in various stages of development. The one where you can have the most immediate impact: Tonight, the Manhattan Community Board 6 transportation committee considers a DOT proposal for a safer route to the East River Greenway in Midtown.

Here are the highlights. Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.