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This Week: Speak Up for a Safer Dyckman Street

Upper Manhattan advocates have been asking DOT for a protected bike lane on Dyckman Street for nearly a decade. But when the agency finally came up with a plan to improve safety on Dyckman earlier this year, the Community Board 12 transportation committee declined to vote on it and insisted that DOT hold more meetings regarding the proposal. Now, nearly six months later, DOT returns to the transportation committee tonight to review the project. If you want a safer crosstown bike connection for Inwood, it’s an important opportunity to tell CB 12 the project should move forward.

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

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

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This Week: 111th Street, Riders Alliance on Transit in 2017

Last month DOT revealed its compromise plan to redesign 111th Street in Corona. To appease Assembly Member Francisco Moya, DOT watered down its proposed safety improvements, but the project retains essential features like shorter pedestrian crossings and a two-way protected bike lane along Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Tomorrow DOT will present the current plan to the Queens Community Board 4 transportation committee.

Event highlights below. Check the calendar for full listings.

  • Tuesday: DOT presents its latest plan for 111th Street to the Queens CB 4 transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Transportation Alternatives Upper Manhattan committee meets to plan bike rides and organize campaigns to make uptown streets safer. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Riders Alliance hosts “Where Do We Go from Here: Albany, Washington and Transit After the Election,” to discuss the group’s priorities for the coming year. Speakers will include State Senator Brad Hoylman and Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool. There will be food and drinks. RSVP requested.

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

Correction: This post originally stated the Riders Alliance event will happen on Thursday. It’s scheduled for Wednesday.

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This Week: Vote! And Buy a Ticket to Our 10-Year Benefit

Only one day to go until this never-ending campaign season wraps up.

If you want a short distraction from election jitters or you need a mental break from calling swing state voters, tickets are on sale for our 10-year benefit, one week from today. Buy a seat to support a great cause and give yourself a brief reprieve from constantly refreshing your favorite poll aggregator.

Monday, November 14 is going to be a special night for Streetsblog and Streetfilms as we celebrate a decade of high-impact media making the case for better walking, biking, and transit.

We’ll have cocktails and dinner at Current, right off the Hudson River Greenway at Chelsea Piers by 18th Street. We’ve got a world-premiere Streetfilm and an all-star lineup of special guests, including…

  • Janette Sadik-Khan, transformative former NYC DOT commissioner and current principal at Bloomberg Associates
  • Gabe Klein, who ushered in a new era of safe, sustainable streets in DC and Chicago

…and a terrific slate of honorees…

  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a strong voice for safer streets and better transit in our city
  • The founders of Streetsblog and Streetfilms – Mark Gorton, Aaron Naparstek, and Clarence Eckerson Jr.

Buy your tickets now and support the next 10 years of Streetsblog and Streetfilms.

On to this week’s Streetsblog calendar highlights:

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This Week: Rally for a Grand Street PeopleWay

Brooklyn’s Grand Street is a major connection between Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Bridge, and will be key to moving people across the East River when L train service is disrupted for Sandy-related repairs.

Grand Street is also where Matthew von Ohlen was killed by a hit-and-run driver while cycling last summer.

This week Transportation Alternatives will launch the Grand Street PeopleWay campaign. On Tuesday, TA staff and volunteers will lead a rally at the Brooklyn entrance to the Willy-B bike path, and call on City Hall to prioritize buses, biking, and walking on Grand.

Event highlights below. Check the calendar for full listings.

  • Tuesday: Join the TA rally for a Grand Street PeopleWay. RSVP requested. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Design Trust for Public Space hosts a forum on the future of Penn Station. 7 p.m. Registration required.
  • Thursday: Following the deaths of Jazmine Marin and Navraj Raju, TA and Families for Safe Streets lead a rally near City Hall for mayoral action on safe streets. 6 p.m., exact location TBD — Streetsblog will post final details when available.
  • Also Thursday: DOT hosts the second of two workshops to site bike-share stations in Astoria. 6 p.m. to 8 p.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: Bike-Share Planning in Astoria

On Wednesday DOT and Citi Bike will hold the first of two planning workshops for bike-share in Astoria. Now’s your chance to help decide where stations should go, and speak with DOT and local electeds about the need for more bike-friendly streets in northwest Queens.

If you can’t make it Wednesday, the second Astoria workshop is scheduled for November 3.

More event highlights below. Check the calendar for full listings.

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

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This Week: Hudson Greenway Detour, Bike-Share in Brooklyn

This summer the Parks Department presented a plan to route cyclists away from the waterfront greenway and onto a hilly, poorly-lit path between 72nd Street and 83rd Street. The greenway can get crowded along the water on summer days, but most of the time the current path doesn’t pose a problem. Nevertheless, as presented, the Parks Department’s proposal would impose a permanent detour for cyclists without providing an adequate replacement.

You can weigh in on the plan later today, when the Parks Department shows an update on the plan to Manhattan Community Board 7.

In other community board action this week: Defend the new bike-share stations in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens or help plan the next phase of bike-share expansion in Crown Heights.

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

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

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This Week: Tell CB 1 to Stop Holding Up a Safer Metropolitan Ave

DOT first presented a plan for a safer bike connection over the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge between Bushwick and Ridgewood in 2014. Brooklyn Community Board 1 still hasn’t endorsed it. Most recently, the board voted to delay action, ostensibly because the design leaves a dangerous left turn in place — but fewer traffic injuries happen at that intersection than at all but one other intersection in the project area.

The board meets again on Thursday evening. To testify for the plan, you’ll need to arrive by 5:45 p.m. to sign up to speak.

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

  • Thursday: Brooklyn Community Board 1 holds its monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: The Parks Department and the Prospect Park Alliance hold a public meeting on improving the Flatbush Avenue perimeter of Prospect Park. 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Advocates rally in Bay Ridge for a pedestrian and bicycle path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. 12 p.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: Tell de Blasio and DOT to Make 111th Street Safer

Last year DOT unveiled a redesign of 111th Street, a dangerous speedway that separates Corona residents from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The DOT plan — for fewer car traffic lanes, expanded medians, new crosswalks, and a two-way protected bike lane adjacent to the park — was developed in response to a grassroots campaign. It has the backing of Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, but Queens Community Board 4 has failed to endorse the project, and Assembly Member Francisco Moya is determined to torpedo safety improvements for the street.

DOT could implement the project over objections from CB 4 and Moya if it chooses to. Tomorrow local residents and Ferreras-Copeland will again call on Mayor de Blasio and DOT to make 111th Street safer, at a morning rally outside City Hall.

See the calendar for complete listings. Here are this week’s highlights:

  • Tuesday: Mothers and families from Corona and Jackson Heights will demand that Mayor de Blasio take action on delayed safety improvements planned for 111th Street with a rally at City Hall. 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Transportation Alternatives hosts the Bike Friendly Astoria Workshop, to identify potential improvements for safer cycling and walking in the neighborhood. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: The Manhattan Community Board 8 transportation committee will look at proposed Select Bus Service for the M79, review service on the year-old M86 SBS route, and address the two recent pedestrian fatalities at 71st Street and Third Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The City Council transportation committee holds an oversight hearing on improving city bus service. Public testimony will be accepted. 10 a.m.

Check the calendar for updates, and drop us a line if there’s an event we should know about.

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This Week: Get the Ball Rolling on the 14th Street PeopleWay

Gondolas and self-driving taxis are not going to cut it during the L train shutdown. When the line goes out of service for an 18-month repair job, the city will need a system in place to move massive numbers of people. The only way to do it is to set aside street space for faster buses and safer biking and walking.

To get people excited about the possibilities, Transportation Alternatives has teamed up with Gothamist on a contest to envision “L-ternatives” for 14th Street. If you’ve got ideas, you can share them with professional planners and students at a workshop tonight about the 14th Street PeopleWay.

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

  • Monday: T.A. hosts a workshop for the 14th Street PeopleWay at Town and Village Synagogue. 6:30 p.m. — RSVP required.
  • Tuesday: It’s the Tri-State Transportation Campaign annual benefit! Support advocacy for effective transit and safe streets throughout the region. New Jersey state senators Loretta Weinberg and Bob Gordon are among the honorees. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The MTA holds a public hearing on access changes to the 59th Street Columbus Circle station. 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Want safer streets in Bushwick? Brainstorm biking and walking improvements for the neighborhood at. 10 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: Shaping the Streets of Downtown Far Rockaway

City Hall has set aside $9 million to improve streets near Mott Avenue in Downtown Far Rockaway. Ideas floated earlier this year include several pedestrian safety and public space enhancements. But word is the project doesn’t do much for cycling, despite the need for safer biking conditions on streets like Beach Channel Drive. It’s not too late to shape the project: The city and Council Member Donovan Richards are holding a hearing tomorrow to collect ideas from local residents.

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

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