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This Week: The Media’s Role in NYC Street Safety

If you believe New York’s local press can do a better job covering traffic violence and street safety issues, the event for you is happening Thursday. The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the American Society of News Editors are putting on a roundtable discussion “about the state of pedestrian safety in NYC, how it’s covered, how we talk about it in our communities, and what further information we seek.” Hear what NYC media pros, including Streetsblog’s Stephen Miller, think about how the press handles traffic safety issues. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Here’s the whole slate of events on the Streetsblog calendar this week:

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: Safer 111th Street, and It’s Summer Streets Season

Assembly Member Francisco Moya and Queens Community Board 4 are opposed to a road diet that would make Corona’s 111th Street safer for thousands of people. On Wednesday, DOT will present its proposal at a public workshop hosted by Council Member Julissa Ferreras, who supports the project.

See more details below, along with the rest of this week’s calendar highlights, including a pair of big car-free streets events scheduled for this weekend.

  • Wednesday: The second of two workshops organized by Council Member Julissa Ferreras for a safer 111th Street in Corona. DOT has proposed a road diet and protected two-way bike lane for the wide, speed-inducing street, but two members of Queens CB 4 delayed the project in June. Assembly Member Francisco Moya is also opposed to making 111th Street safer for walking and biking. The plan is scheduled to go back to the community board in September. The workshop, where DOT will again present its proposal, starts at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Department of City Planning hosts an open house for the Flushing West Neighborhood Planning Study, which aims to coordinate city services and investments in the area. 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: It’s the first week of Summer Streets 2015, along Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Check out the first of three car-free events on consecutive Sundays along the Grand Concourse between 161st and 167th streets. Center lanes of the street will have music and other cultural and health-related activities. Boogie on the Boulevard Summer Sundays starts at noon.

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: Anthony Foxx Comes to Town

City & State’s “New York Moves” conference this Wednesday features panels about the future of transit, biking, and walking in NYC and the next generation of transportation infrastructure for the region, with a morning keynote from U.S. DOT Secretary Anthone Foxx. Registration is free.

See the full slate of events on the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: A panel at the NY Transit Museum explores how well the MTA works for riders with disabilities 25 years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Admission is $10. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx keynotes the “New York Moves” transportation conference, organized by City & State. Register here. 8:00 a.m.
  • Thursday: Safety improvements for Coney Island Avenue and Guider Avenue are on the agenda of this Brooklyn Community Board 13 meeting. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Kidical Mass celebrates the restored and reopened High Bridge with an all-ages ride starting at Dorrance Brooks Square, on 137th Street between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe. Ride starts at 10 a.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: Vigil for Vision Zero

On Tuesday, Families for Safe Streets will bring New Yorkers to Union Square to honor people lost to traffic violence. With close to 1,000 people pledged to attend, it promises to be an important Vision Zero event.

Vigil details below, along with more from this week’s calendar.

  • Monday: The Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition meets to discuss results from DOT’s Phase III workshops and to see a presentation on a pedestrian pathway from East New York to the Jamaica Bay waterfront via Conduit Avenue. 6:30 p.m. Click for RSVP info.
  • Tuesday: Families for Safe Streets will hold a Vigil for Vision Zero in Union Square. The group hopes to turn out 1,000 New Yorkers to rally for safer streets. 7 p.m. RSVP here.
  • Wednesday: DOT will present pedestrian safety improvements for the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue, a key entrance to Prospect Park, to Brooklyn CB 9. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Riders Alliance, the folks who brought you Cardboard Cut-Out Cuomo, will hold a strategy session for improving the C train. 7 p.m. RSVP requested.

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: Amsterdam Ave Bikeway, Broadway Road Diet

Two redesigns of major Manhattan avenues are on community board agendas this week. Tomorrow, a resolution calling on DOT to immediately install a protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue goes before Manhattan Community Board 7 (the transportation committee voted for it last month). Bike-share is coming to the neighborhood soon, and Amsterdam could fill a void as its first northbound protected bike route.

Then on Thursday, the Manhattan Community Board 9 transportation committee will consider DOT’s plan to improve safety on Broadway by enlarging pedestrian medians at intersections and reducing the number of car lanes in each direction from three to two. CB 9 has stonewalled a road diet on nearby Riverside Drive.

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

  • Tuesday: Manhattan Community Board 7 is set to vote on a resolution asking DOT to immediately implement a complete streets redesign for Amsterdam Avenue. The CB 7 transportation committee will meet at 6 p.m., followed by the full board at 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The Queens Community Board 7 transit committee discusses plans for Select Bus Service on the Q44 between Flushing and Jamaica. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Tribeca Trust has requested a temporary plaza on West Broadway between Franklin and Leonard. The Manhattan Community Board 1 Tribeca committee takes up the idea at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT hosts a follow-up meeting with Brooklyn Community Board 15 about transportation issues in Gerritsen Beach. The meeting will be at Brooklyn Borough Hall. 1 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: The Manhattan Community Board 9 transportation committee discusses DOT’s proposed redesign of Broadway from 135th Street to 153rd Street. The plan includes a road diet and larger pedestrian medians. 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: Safer Routes to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The street safety plan for 111th Street in Queens and bike-share station planning in East Harlem are the two big calendar items during this holiday-shortened week.

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

  • Tuesday: The City Council transportation committee is holding a hearing on a pair of administration-backed bills that would slow down the number of new for-hire vehicle licenses while the city studies congestion in the Manhattan Core over the next year. 10 a.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Council Member Julissa Ferreras is hosting a town hall meeting on a DOT plan for a road diet, protected bike lane, and new crosswalks on 111th Street in Corona next to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The plan has run into opposition from some Queens Community Board 4 members and Assembly Member Francisco Moya. 4 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: DOT and Citi Bike are hosting a public workshop with Manhattan Community Board 11 to plan bike-share station locations in East Harlem. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Transportation Alternatives Manhattan activist committee is hosting its monthly meeting to discuss advocacy priorities and progress for safer streets. 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: Harlem River Bridges, Woodhaven Boulevard

There’s a flurry of community board action this week before the lull of summer recess, plus a kid-friendly bike ride in East Harlem.

Here are the highlights for the week — 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.

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This Week: Safer Walking and Biking Across the Harlem River

With few exceptions, getting across the Harlem River bridges isn’t exactly convenient or safe if you’re walking or biking. To fix that, a series of four DOT workshops to gather ideas about improving access between the Bronx and Manhattan kicks off this week. The meetings will inform the recommendations in DOT’s Harlem River Bridges Access Plan, to be released next year.

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

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: Safer Linden Blvd, Showdown Over 111th Street

Go ahead and clear your Tuesday evening schedule. With street redesigns on the agendas of five community boards in four boroughs, there’s probably something close to home happening tomorrow night. The projects up for discussion include safety plans for Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn, 111th Street in Queens, and Clove Road in Staten Island.

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

  • Tuesday: The Manhattan Community Board 10 transportation committee will chew over a number of issues, including bike lanes, the expansion of bus lanes to West Harlem, and pedestrian safety fixes at 155th Street. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: A plan to add bike lanes to the Metropolitan Avenue bridge [PDF] goes before Brooklyn Community Board 1. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT is presenting a redesign of Linden Boulevard, one of Brooklyn’s most dangerous arterial streets, to Brooklyn Community Board 17. 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: After a two-person committee voted against a street safety plan for 111th Street supported by neighborhood advocates and Council Member Julissa Ferreras, Queens Community Board 4 is set to take up the issue at its full board meeting. Assembly Member Francisco Moya, who opposes the project, plans to be there. Expect a heated meeting. 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The addition of bike lanes to Clove Road goes before Staten Island Community Board 1. 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: Help shape the expansion of bike-share in Park Slope at a workshop hosted by DOT, Brooklyn Community Board 6, and Citi Bike. 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: Queens Blvd Redesign Up for a Community Board Vote

DOT’s overhaul of Queens Boulevard in Woodside, which includes 1.3 miles of protected bike lanes, is up for a vote at Queens Community Board 2 twice this week. Also: Opponents have gathered petitions agains Upper Manhattan’s first protected bike lane — you can defend it at Community Board 12 tonight.

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

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