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This Week: Atlantic Avenue Safety, Staten Island Bus Service

This week on the calendar: community board meetings on street safety in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the MTA talks bus service with Staten Islanders, and advocates press DOT to prioritize people on Atlantic Avenue.

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

  • Tuesday: Want safer streets in Harlem? Share your ideas with the Manhattan Community Board 10 Vision Zero task force at this transportation committee meeting. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The Manhattan CB 3 transportation committee will discuss reforms to commuter van regulations, as well as parking rules on Broome Street. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: The MTA is hosting a public workshop about how bus service can be improved on Staten Island. RSVP requested. Comments also accepted via email. 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: The People First on Atlantic Avenue campaign will hold a rally to prod DOT to prioritize safety with the redesign of Times Plaza — the triangle at the confluence of Atlantic, Flatbush and Fourth avenues. 11 a.m.

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

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This Week: Speak Up for Safer Walking and Biking on Amsterdam

Tomorrow, Manhattan Community Board 7 will vote on DOT’s plan for a protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands on Amsterdam Avenue from 72nd Street to 110th Street.

Calming traffic on wide, one-way Amsterdam while providing a sorely needed northbound pair to the southbound Columbus Avenue bike lane has been a long time coming. Neighborhood residents have been calling for the city to fix Amsterdam for years, and Citi Bike’s northward expansion makes the project all the more important.

Despite prior support from CB 7 for a protected bike lane on Amsterdam, nothing is assured tomorrow. The CB 7 transportation committee, chaired by safe streets opponents Dan Zweig and Andrew Albert, failed to endorse it, and Zweig and Albert will figure prominently at tomorrow’s meeting. DOT rarely implements life-saving street improvements without the blessing of the local community board, so a strong showing from supporters at Tuesday’s meeting is critical.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights. Complete listings are here.

  • Monday: At a meeting of the Community Board 5 transportation committee, Vornado and the 34th Street Partnership will seek a resolution in support of permanent, people-friendly improvements around Penn Station. 6 p.m.
  • Also Monday: The Manhattan CB 6 transportation committee will discuss bike safety initiatives, traffic on E. 23rd Street, and upcoming DOT projects, including a review of First Avenue and Koch Bridge access.
  • Tuesday: The Manhattan CB 7 full board will decide whether to endorse the Amsterdam Avenue redesign. Arrive by 6:15 p.m. if you want to speak. The meeting starts at 6:30.
  • Wednesday: The Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee will take up the proposal to add painted crosstown bike lanes on the Upper East Side. 6:30 p.m.

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

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This Week: Speak Up for Safe Streets in Fort Greene

The sun is out and the snow is melting (or accumulating in large piles where it will remain until April). The Streetsblog calendar is here to help you get over any lingering cabin fever.

The headline event is tomorrow’s street safety town hall in Fort Greene. Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo is holding the forum in response to the death of Victoria Nicodemus, who was killed by a driver who swerved onto the sidewalk last month. Residents will be able to address Cumbo, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, NYPD officials, and other local electeds about street safety in the neighborhood.

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

  • Tuesday: Council Member Laurie Cumbo, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, and representatives from NYPD are holding a town hall on street safety in and around Fort Greene. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT will show plans for safety improvements, including bicycle connections, on St. John’s Place and Sterling Place in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights to the Brooklyn Community Board 8 transportation committee. 7 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: Also in Crown Heights, the full board of Brooklyn CB 9 is expected to vote on the Empire Boulevard pedestrian safety improvements. 7 p.m. This meeting has been postponed.
  • Wednesday: DOT wants to turn Times Plaza — at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, and Fourth Avenue by the Barclays Center — into a safer, more enjoyable public space. You can weigh in on how you’d like to see it change at a public workshop at the Brooklyn YWCA. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Brooklyn CB 1 transportation committee will consider DOT’s proposed safety improvements for the intersection of Meeker Avenue and Skillman Avenue. 6:30 p.m.

Keep your eyes on our calendar for updates. As always, if you have an event we should know about, give us a holler.

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This Week: Big Votes on Bike Lanes for Amsterdam and Sixth Ave

Community boards are expected to vote on two major Manhattan street safety projects this week: protected bike lanes for Sixth Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue.

There’s a lot more community board action in Brooklyn — so much that we couldn’t cram it all into this post. See the complete Streetsblog calendar for more events.

  • Tuesday: DOT will present a plan for Bushwick bike lanes to the Brooklyn CB 4 transportation committee. Space is expected to be limited and the board is asking people to call in to reserve a spot. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The Manhattan CB 7 transportation committee will vote on the proposal for an Amsterdam Avenue protected bike lane. 6 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: With support from Assembly Member Joe Lentol, Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg could be made safer for people walking and biking near the BQE. See and comment on the DOT plan when it comes before Brooklyn CB 1. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Manhattan CB 5 will vote on safety improvements to Sixth Avenue, including a protected bike lane and more pedestrian space from 14th Street to 33rd Street. 6 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: It’s a safe streets fundraiser! It’s a fancy dance party! It’s the Transportation Alternatives Bicyclist Ball and Pedestrian Prom! Tickets available in advance only. Get yours today. 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: The City Council transportation committee will hold an oversight hearing on parking. On the agenda are bills that would require city-issued placards to have barcodes for confirming validity and require DOT to create an app to allow drivers to pay for parking and trade unused Muni Meter time. 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: Second Ave Bikeway, Queens Blvd Redesign

The new Streetsblog Calendar year kicks off with a couple of big community board meetings.

Last summer DOT said it intended to make good on plans to build a protected bikeway on Second Avenue between 60th Street and 100th Street after construction wraps on the Second Avenue subway. On Wednesday the agency will unveil its proposal at a meeting of the Manhattan Community Board 8 transportation committee.

Also this week, Queens CB 2 will entertain complainers who aren’t happy that Queens Boulevard finally has a bike lane. CB 2 endorsed long-awaited improvements for the “Boulevard of Death,” but it’s important that board members hear from as many rational people as possible. Transportation Alternatives has posted an RSVP form for the Thursday night meeting.

Calendar highlights below. Check complete listings for more events.

  • Today: The transportation committee of Manhattan CB 6, a district that includes Stuyvesant Town, Murray Hill, and Turtle Bay, will discuss the Move NY toll reform plan, Midtown tunnel congestion, and traffic enforcement issues. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT will present plans for a Second Avenue protected bike lane, and other traffic calming measures, to the Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Queens CB 2 will listen to complaints concerning safety measures on Queens Boulevard. RSVP here to speak up for a safer street. 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: West Harlem Bike-Share, Empire Blvd Plazas

The holiday season approaches, but don’t sleep on the Streetsblog calendar. There’s important stuff happening this week.

On Wednesday, the Brooklyn CB 9 transportation committee will take up a street reconstruction project that will add public space and make it safer to walk at two intersections on Empire Boulevard: at East New York Avenue, Remsen Avenue, and Utica Avenue; and at Franklin Avenue and Washington Avenue. From 2009 to 2013 there were 490 injuries at the two locations combined — an average of one injury every three days — including 29 serious injuries. The CB 9 transportation committee has supported the plan, but the full board tabled a vote when some board members and residents complained the redesign would interfere with their personal driving habits.

Meanwhile, this evening DOT will hold a bike-share station planning workshop for the area covered by Manhattan Community Board 9, which includes Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, and Hamilton Heights. CB 9 tends to put a high priority on motorist convenience — this year the board bullied DOT into watering down safety improvements on Riverside Drive — so if you want bike-share stations that go in the curb lane and not on the sidewalk, speak up tonight.

Calendar highlights below. Check complete listings for more events.

  • Today: DOT hosts a Citi Bike planning workshop for Community Board District 9. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT holds a public workshop for “Access to Opportunity: A Transportation and Housing Study in Eastern Rockaways.” Participants will identify transportation challenges on the eastern side of the peninsula. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Transportation Alternatives Upper Manhattan Activist Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. and TA’s Bronx Activist Committee meets at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Brooklyn CB 9 transportation committee discusses proposed safety improvements for Empire Boulevard. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Traffic deaths are dropping citywide, but on Staten Island fatalities have doubled this year. Dangerous conditions are owed in no small part to local electeds, who oppose common sense measures like automated speed enforcement and safer street designs. If you’re a Staten Islander who wants the borough to be a safer place to walk, bike, and drive, consider joining the TA Staten Island Activist Committee, which holds its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The TA Brooklyn Activist Committee convenes its monthly meeting. 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: Rethinking Streets in Hunters Point/Long Island City

The highlight of the week is Wednesday, when you can weigh in on the future of streets in Hunters Point and Long Island City at a public workshop hosted by DOT and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.

Here’s the full slate of events from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tonight: Manhattan Community Board 6 will get an update on current MTA projects in the district, address bus layover locations, and the Move NY toll reform plan. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee will hold its monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Head over to the Transit Museum to learn how natural disasters have shaped New York City’s transportation infrastructure. Tickets are $10. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer hosts a public workshop where residents can share ideas about street design as DOT moves forward with a “phased, complete reconstruction of Long Island City/Hunters Point’s streets and infrastructure.” 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: It’s the monthly meeting of TA’s Manhattan activist committee. 6:30 p.m.

Got an event we should have on our radar? You can let us know here.

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This Week: Council Takes Up Hit-and-Run, Bike Task Force Bills

On Wednesday, the City Council transportation committee will discuss a slate of bills, including one to increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers and another calling for the creation of a bike safety task force. We’ll have more coverage before the hearing.

Here are the rest of this week’s calendar highlights. Check the calendar for complete listings.

  • Today: At a meeting of the Brooklyn CB 1 transportation committee, DOT will present a proposal to convert East Williamsburg’s Waterbury Street, which currently runs two-way between Meserole Street and Grand Street, to one-way northbound. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT holds a workshop to gather feedback on improving street safety for seniors in Bath Beach. 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Manhattan CB 3, NYPD, DOT, Council Member Margaret Chin, and State Senator Daniel Squadron host a town hall meeting about interstate bus companies operating in Lower Manhattan neighborhoods. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The City Council transportation committee will hold a hearing on bills to increase penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash, create a bicycle safety task force, and make it easier for the city to remove abandoned bikes. 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday: The Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee will hear from NYC EDC on ferry service and discuss the redesign of the 81st Street pedestrian bridge. 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: Sixth Ave Protected Bike Lane, Empire Blvd Plazas

There are two big community board votes this week, both on Wednesday.

The Manhattan CB 4 transportation committee will decide whether to endorse a protected bike lane for Sixth Avenue from 14th Street to 33rd Street. DOT brought this plan to the table in response to years of community advocacy. CB 4 was among the local community boards that asked DOT to study protected bike lanes on Midtown avenues and has a record of backing street safety improvements, but a strong show up support will help push this project through.

Update: This meeting has been postponed until December 16. In Brooklyn, the CB 9 transportation committee will again take up a street reconstruction project that will add public space and make it safer to walk at two intersections on Empire Boulevard: at East New York Avenue, Remsen Avenue, and Utica Avenue; and at Franklin Avenue and Washington Avenue. From 2009 to 2013 there were 490 injuries at the two locations combined — an average of one injury every three days — including 29 serious injuries. The CB 9 transportation committee has supported the plan, but the full board tabled a vote when some board members and residents complained the redesign would interfere with their personal driving habits.

Community board votes are supposed to be advisory, but DOT rarely moves forward with a safety project over a board’s objection. It’s crucial that CB 9 and DOT hear from people who want a safer Empire Boulevard.

Calendar highlights below. Check our complete listings for more events.

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This Week: Fixing Amsterdam Avenue With a Safer Design

Tomorrow, NYC DOT is expected to present a plan for a protected bike lane and pedestrian islands on Amsterdam Avenue to the Community Board 7 transportation committee. It’s been a long time coming: Locals have pressed for a redesign of the dangerous, high-speed conditions on Amsterdam for many years, with the community board passing three resolutions since 2009 calling on DOT to study or implement a protected bike lane.

Most recently, CB 7 passed a resolution this summer calling on DOT to “immediately” install “pedestrian refuges, curb extensions, signal timing, and a protected northbound bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue.” You never know how the transportation committee will respond to a good street redesign proposal, though — supporters will have to make their voices heard.

Also this week, public workshops for the second phase of DOT’s Queens Boulevard redesign kick off on Thursday.

Here are the calendar highlights — there’s a lot more going on in our complete listings.

  • Monday: DOT hosts a public meeting about pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and “parking issues” in Highland Park/Cypress Hills. 6:00 p.m.
  • Also Monday: The feasibility of a biking and walking path across the Verrazano Bridge is on the agenda when the MTA presents to Brooklyn Community Board 10. 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT is expected to finally present plans for a protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side at what promises to be a blockbuster meeting of the Manhattan CB 7 transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Gridlock Sam Schwartz talks about his new book, “Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars,” at NYU’s Rudin Center. Register here. 9:00 a.m.
  • More Thursday: The City Council transportation committee holds a hearing on “ways to better connect the city’s transit deserts.” 10 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: This year, DOT added pedestrian space, safer slip lanes, and protected bike lanes on 1.3 miles of Queens Boulevard. Now DOT is turning its attention east of that section for phase two of the overhaul of the city’s most notoriously car-centric street. Share your ideas about redesigning Queens Boulevard from 74th Street to Eliot Avenue at this public workshop. 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: March from City Hall to the UN with Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives for the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Traffic Violence. Noon.

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