The de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero initiative enters a new phase this week with the first public workshops where New Yorkers can tell agency officials how they want to make their neighborhood streets safer. If you have ideas about which streets need to be improved and how, these workshops are your chance to shape the city’s plans. The first one is Thursday in Brooklyn Heights.
The workshops are not to be confused with the Vision Zero town halls, the info sessions that continue this week with events in Park Slope and Long Island City.
The other big public workshop this week is the initial meeting to help plan for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. Get all the week’s events at the full Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:
- Monday: Council Member Brad Lander and the Park Slope Street Safety Partnership host a Vision Zero town hall meeting. Speak with DOT, NYPD, and TLC representatives, including new TLC Chair Meera Joshi. 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: DOT will present safety improvements for Broadway from Northern Boulevard to 65th Street at a meeting of Queens Community Board 2′s transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: The Association for a Better New York is hosting a panel discussion on NYC infrastructure featuring Jonathan Bowles of the Center for an Urban Future, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, and former Port Authority executive director Chris Ward. 8:00 a.m.
- Also Wednesday: Join Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and City Council members for a Vision Zero town hall in Long Island City. 6:00 p.m.
- More Wednesday: NYC DOT and the MTA are planning for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards, and the process gets underway with this public workshop. 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday: A series of nine Vision Zero workshops across the city kicks off with the first of two events in Brooklyn, where residents can identify traffic safety hotspots and speak with agency staff about planning for enforcement and design changes. 6:30 p.m.
- Friday: Mayor de Blasio will headline the RPA’s annual Regional Assembly. Registration required. 8:00 a.m.
- Saturday: Transportation Alternatives will host an “immersive activist training” where New Yorkers can learn how to organize, speak with elected officials, and win street safety improvements in their neighborhoods. 10:00 a.m.
Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.