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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:

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This Week: Flushing-Jamaica BRT, Bike Corral in LIC, CNU to NYC

Eastern Brooklyn and Queens rule the Streetsblog calendar this week. Make your voice heard as efforts move forward to improve street safety in the Rockaways, launch Select Bus Service between Flushing and Jamaica, and build a greenway in Canarsie along the Jamaica Bay shoreline.

Also, it’s not on the calendar, but if you live in Long Island City or environs and want more on-street bike parking, now is the time to send a letter to Queens Community Board 1 supporting a bike corral by Dutch Kills Centraal on 29th Street. The community board is expected to weigh in on the bike corral next week.

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

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This Week: Envisioning a Safer Atlantic Avenue

This week you can get involved in street safety initiatives focused on Atlantic Avenue and Rockaway Freeway beneath the A train.

Here are the highlights — check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

  • Today: Join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the first of two workshops (the second is on September 30) to plan for safer streets on Rockaway Freeway beneath the A train. 6 p.m.
  • Also Today: NYU’s Rudin Center is hosting a “Short Talks, Big Ideas” event to discuss the frontiers of transportation. Learn about high-tech bike helmets, waterfront development, green loading zones, and more. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Meet up with the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn activist committee to plan strategy for achieving safer streets across the borough. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition is meeting to discuss the vision for the greenway and plan for the next round of NYC DOT workshops, scheduled for next week. 10 a.m.
  • Also Saturday: Want to make a safer Atlantic Avenue? Join TA’s Brooklyn activist committee for a walk of this dangerous arterial street through Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, and Crown Heights, meeting with local groups and businesses concerned about traffic violence. 1 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: BRT for the Rockaways, Kidical Mass Rides Again

Public meeting season is back in full swing on the calendar, with forums about fixing dangerous streets, upgrading pedestrian plazas, and bringing better bus service to southeast Queens. On Friday, Atlantic Avenue merchants celebrate Park(ing) Day. And closing out the week: It’s Kidical Mass.

Here are the highlights — check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

  • Today: Currently implemented with temporary materials, Clinton Hill’s Putnam Plaza is slated to be redesigned to create a permanent public space. DOT will be collecting input on the project tonight. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Brooklyn CB 2 Transportation and Public Safety Committee kicks off its 2014-2015 session with a briefing from the Department of City Planning about the future of Atlantic Avenue. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Queens CB 2 will hear from DOT on a proposed Slow Zone for Sunnyside. Public comments will be accepted. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and Council Member Donovan Richards hold a forum on public transportation in the Rockaways, to talk with residents about Bus Rapid Transit along Woodhaven Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard and better bus service across the peninsula. 7 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Friday: It’s Park(ing) Day on Atlantic Avenue. Join NYC Bike Ambassadors, the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Activist Committee, and the Atlantic Avenue BID at a series of pop-up parks on Atlantic between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: Kidical Mass hits the Brooklyn waterfront. Kidical Mass brings together kids and parents for group bike rides, helping riders of all ages gain experience as city cyclists. Saturday’s ride begins at 2:30 p.m. Details are here.

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