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This Week: Woodhaven Boulevard SBS — The Next Chapter

Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard will speed up travel times for 30,000 daily bus passengers and bring much-needed safety improvements to one of the city’s most dangerous roads.

Because it reallocates street space from cars to buses, the project has met some resistance that prompted DOT to scale back the initial plan. Despite those setbacks, the Woodhaven SBS project retains the promise of faster, more reliable bus service and significant pedestrian safety gains.

On Wednesday, DOT will hold the last of its most recent round of public meetings on the project. If you care about faster buses and safer crossings along Woodhaven Boulevard, make sure your voice gets heard.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for a full list of this week’s events. Here are the highlights:

Keep your eyes on the calendar for updates. Let us know if you have an event you’d like to see added.

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This Week: Showtime for the Clinton Avenue Protected Bikeway

After dropping hints back in January about a two-way protected bike lane on Clinton Avenue and going door-to-door to get the word out last month, DOT will present details about the project this week at Brooklyn Community Board 2.

With rumors swirling about the redesign, opponents are breaking out the scare tactics, which were on display at a gathering last Thursday:

If you want a safer Clinton Avenue, tomorrow night’s meeting is an important one to attend.

Check out the Streetsblog calendar for a full list of this week’s events. Here are the highlights:

  • Tonight: DOT will hold its second public meeting as part of the North Brooklyn Transportation Study. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: CB 2’s transportation committee will hear DOT’s proposal for a two-way protected bike lane on Clinton Avenue. EDC will also give a presentation on the BQX Streetcar. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT will show block-by-block street designs for the Woodhaven Boulevard Select Bus Service project at an open house. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The long ordeal over the seemingly minor change of painting bike lanes on three pairs of crosstown Upper East Side streets culminates at Community Board 8’s full board meeting. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: NYC EDC and DOT host a public meeting in Red Hook on the proposed BQX streetcar project. 6 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: DOT will present an update on the expansion of Citi Bike to Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and other neighborhoods on Brooklyn CB 6 turf, as well as an upgrade to the Bond Street bike lane. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: It’s Bike to Work Day! TA staff and volunteers will be stationed at greenways and bridge crossings in the morning to supply bike commuters with free coffee and other goodies.
  • Saturday: Missed the first Woodhaven SBS open house? There’s another one at noon.

Watch the calendar for updates. Let us know if you have an event you’d like to see added.

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This Week: Speak Up for Queens Blvd, Chrystie St Bike Lanes

Tomorrow, community boards will weigh in on on major DOT street safety projects planned for Manhattan and Queens.

The Manhattan CB 3 transportation committee is expected to vote on plans for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street, and the full board of Queens CB 4 is scheduled to vote on a bikeway and other upgrades included in phase two of DOT’s Queens Boulevard project.

Community board votes are meant to be advisory, but DOT rarely implements street safety projects in the absence of a board endorsement. As always, it’s important that people who want safer streets make their voices heard at these meetings.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of the week’s events.

  • Tuesday: DOT will present final design plans for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street from Canal Street to Houston to the Manhattan CB 3 transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Brooklyn Bicycle Company hosts “Bike Riding IRL.” Hear from a panel of New Yorkers on what it’s really like to ride in NYC — and enjoy free food, drinks, and prizes. RSVP requested. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: DOT is proposing robust safety improvements on Queens Boulevard between 74th Street and Eliot Avenue, including protected bike lanes, more pedestrian space, and intersection safety improvements. On Tuesday DOT will present its plans to the Queens CB 4 full board. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT is holding a public meeting on transportation issues in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, including pedestrian safety, trucks, mobility and accessibility, and parking management. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Transportation Alternatives continues its campaign to get the city to make safety improvements on Atlantic Avenue with “Friday Night Lights.” See how many people walk the dangerous intersection of Atlantic and Franklin Avenue, and why the crossing needs to be fixed. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Join East Brooklyn Biking to inaugurate the 28 miles of new bike lanes in East New York and Brownsville. An introduction and ribbon-cutting will be followed by a community bike ride, the first of several cycling-related activities planned for the coming months. 11 a.m.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

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This Week: Direct Action on the Grand Concourse and 111th St.

The first week of Bike Month is crammed with events, spilling over to the weekend, when two direct actions — one on the Grand Concourse, the other on 111th Street in Corona — will highlight the need for safer bike infrastructure.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of what’s happening.

  • Monday: The Brooklyn CB 7 transportation committee will hear from the DDC on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway segment between 29th and 39th streets in Sunset Park, and NYC EDC will make a presentation on de Blasio’s BQX streetcar. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Monday: The Manhattan CB 6 transportation committee will discuss 23rd Street Select Bus Service and the Move New York toll reform plan. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Get Bike Month off to a great start in Greenpoint, with a kick-off party where myths about the difficulty of biking in NYC will be busted, courtesy of Brooklyn Bicycle Company and TA. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT will present three new pairs of potential east-west bike lanes for the Upper East Side to the Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee, in addition to the three pairs that neighborhood NIMBYs have already screamed about. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The MTA will host the first of two public meetings on upcoming Sandy-related repairs to the Canarsie tubes, which carry the L train beneath the East River. Thursday’s meeting is in Brooklyn. 6 p.m.
  • Friday: It’s the annual Regional Plan Association Assembly. This year the RPA will present preliminary recommendations from the Fourth Regional Plan, a 25-year outline for development in the NYC metro region. 9 a.m. Registration required.
  • Also Friday: Transportation Alternatives will hold a First Friday Action Ride, on the Grand Concourse, to bring attention to the need for a protected bike lane on that major Bronx corridor. 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: The day before Mother’s Day, 111 mothers in Corona will stop traffic for 111 seconds on 111th Street in Queens (at the entrance of Flushing Meadows Corona Park) in support of the protected bike lanes proposed for 111th Street and Queens Boulevard. 1 p.m.

Check the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

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National Bike Month Kickoff Party & Mythbusting!

May is National Bike Month–and what better way to kick it off than with a party and some stellar bike mythbusting from NYC safe streets organization Transportation Alternatives?!

Free food & drinks (including beer from Sixpoint!); awesome giveaways from folks like PivottePo Campo, and Loudest Yeller Bicycle Tours; a fun photobooth; and great company are all on the agenda–plus we’ll be debunking those pesky myths that keep everyday people from riding their bikes–so if you’re at all bike-curious, this is a delicious & fun way to learn more and meet other folks like you.

Everyone who RSVPs & attends is entered to win a Brooklyn Bicycle.

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This Week: Make the Myrtle-Wyckoff Intersection Safe for People

Two years ago, hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue on the Ridgewood-Bushwick border to remember 23-year-old Ella Bandes, who was killed by a turning MTA bus driver there in 2013, and call for a safer street design.

After a first round of improvements proved ineffective, DOT has a plan for more significant changes — including a new pedestrian plaza — that will dramatically simplify turning movements, eliminating conflicts between drivers and pedestrians. There are two events related to the project this week: a public workshop in Brooklyn on Wednesday, and a temporary plaza at the site on Saturday.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of events.

  • Tuesday: The National Association of City Transportation Officials marks the release of its new Transit Street Design Guide with a panel discussion at the Transit Museum featuring representatives from the MTA, DOT, and TransitCenter. Tickets are $10. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT holds its second public workshop on the redesign of the dangerous Myrtle-Wyckoff intersection, straddling the Brooklyn-Queens border. This week’s workshop is in Bushwick, following an earlier one in Ridgewood. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council will release its updated list of regional transportation projects eligible for federal funding, called Plan 2045, later this year. NYMTC will be collecting feedback from Bronx residents at two events at the Bronx Museum of Arts. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Head over to Myrtle-Wyckoff for a one-day pilot of DOT’s proposed pedestrian plaza. DOT staff will be on hand to answer questions and take comments. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updates and drop us a line if you’ve got an event you’d like to add.

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This Week: 31st Ave. Bike Route, Citi Bike Expansion in Brooklyn

Update: This vote has been postponed. Tomorrow, Queens Community Board 1 will decide whether to endorse a DOT plan for the beginnings of an east-west bike route, consisting of bike lanes and sharrows, on 31st Avenue. This phase would run between Vernon Boulevard and the BQE, with a second phase extending to the Flushing Bay Promenade.

Local volunteers with the Queens Bike Initiative advocated for the project, which has passed the CB 1 transportation committee. But some committee members, including chair Bob Piazza, are against the plan. Since DOT rarely implements street safety projects over a community board’s objection, this meeting is an important moment for supporters to make their case.

Here are more highlights this week — full event listings are on the Streetsblog calendar.

  • Today: Manhattan CB 4, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried will host a town hall on the Port Authority Bus Terminal expansion. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Queens CB 1 will vote on proposed bike lanes for 31st Avenue. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The MTA will hold a hearing on its plan to split the M5 into separate routes. The hearing will last from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: The Manhattan CB 4 transportation committee will discuss M23 Select Bus Service and a bike corral proposed for 710 Ninth Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The agenda for the Brooklyn CB 6 transportation committee includes DOT’s plan to replace the Union Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal and an update on plans to expand Citi Bike in the district, which includes Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Cobble Hill.
  • Saturday: Times Plaza — the triangle formed by Atlantic, Flatbush, and Fourth avenues — is surrounded by some of Brooklyn’s deadliest intersections. Join the People First on Atlantic Avenue team to ask people where they feel most threatened, and how they’d like to improve safety. 11 a.m.

Check the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

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This Week: Three Big Protected Bike Lane Projects

DOT’s plans for protected bike lane plans on Chrystie Street, Jay Street, and Queens Boulevard have major significance for the city’s bike network. This week there are public meetings related to all three of these projects.

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

  • Tuesday: The two-way protected bike lane planned for Chrystie Street will run along the western edge of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Manhattan Community Board 3 requested that DOT organize a public meeting with the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition to ensure seniors and the visually-impaired are included in the planning process. 2 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Queens Community Board 4 is scheduled to vote on DOT’s plan to extend the Queens Boulevard protected bike lanes in May, but Tuesday’s meeting will be the last time to comment on the project before that vote. That’s because at meetings where votes are held, the CB 4 always votes before opening the floor to public comment. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The full board of Brooklyn Community Board 2 is expected to vote on DOT’s plan for protected bike lanes on Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, which the transportation committee endorsed last month. DOT may show design details for the areas by the Manhattan Bridge and south of Fulton Street that were not finished at the time of last month’s meeting. 6 p.m.

Be sure to check the calendar for updates and, as always, drop us a line if you know about an event that we missed.

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This Week: Plaza for a Day at Myrtle-Wyckoff

DOT is looking to simplify the intersection of Myrtle Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue, and Palmetto Street. On the border of Brooklyn and Queens, this crossing is a hub for subway and bus commuters, and its poor design has contributed to the deaths of three pedestrians since 2009.

As Streetsblog recently reported, the heart of the DOT plan — which will be presented to Queens CB 5 and Brooklyn CB 4 later this spring — is a pedestrian plaza that would reduce turning conflicts. On Saturday, DOT will install a “one-day plaza” to give an idea of how the proposed new space would work. The public is invited to check it out.

Calendar highlights below. Find complete listings here.

  • Today: DOT will have presentations on 23rd Street Select Bus Service and East River Greenway improvements for the Manhattan CB 6 transportation committee, which will also discuss proposed improvements to the Second Avenue bike lane from 34th to 59th streets. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee will hear from the MTA concerning the Second Avenue subway service plan and will discuss a proposal for pedestrian safety improvements at Madison Avenue and 96th Street. 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: DOT will set up a temporary plaza on Wyckoff Avenue between Myrtle and Gates avenues. Agency reps will be on hand to answer questions and accept public comments. 10 a.m.
  • Sunday: Kidical Mass NYC and other groups will host KiDS Bike Forum 2016, to help New York parents get started biking with their children. This weekend’s event is happening in Brooklyn. 10 a.m. RSVP requested.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

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This Week: DOT Workshop on Myrtle, Wyckoff, and Palmetto

The intersection of Myrtle Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue, and Palmetto Street, on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, is chaotic and deadly. According to city crash data, drivers have killed three pedestrians at this crossing, a hub for subway and bus commuters, since 2009. At least two of the victims were struck by MTA bus drivers.

On Tuesday, DOT will hold a Vision Zero workshop to solicit public input on improvements, including plaza space, at Myrtle, Wyckoff, and Palmetto.

Also this week, DOT hosts two more workshops on access to Harlem River bridges in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan.

Calendar highlights below. Find complete listings here.

  • Today: DOT and the MTA have a presentation of M23 Select Bus Service for the Manhattan CB 5 transportation committee. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT is wrapping up a one-year planning process to improve safety and mobility for people walking and biking across the Harlem River. There are two workshops this week, starting with a Tuesday meeting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital on the Grand Concourse. 6:30 p.m. RSVP info here.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT is proposing to enhance safety and public space at the deadly intersection of Myrtle Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue, and Palmetto Street, where the L/M trains connect to the Ridgewood Bus Terminal. Give your input on safety and plaza design at a Tuesday evening Vision Zero workshop. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The City Council transportation committee will take up a bill to give DOT control over pedestrian plazas, with existing plazas grandfathered in. 10 a.m.
  • Also Wednesday: The second of two DOT workshops on access to Harlem River bridges is happening in Inwood. 6:30 p.m. RSVP info here.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.