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This Week: #RideTogether for Safe Streets for Biking and Walking

More people were killed while biking in NYC during the first eight months of 2016 than all of last year, and total traffic deaths are on track to rise this year as well. It’s up to Mayor de Blasio to pick up the pace of street redesigns to save lives, but so far City Hall has resisted Transportation Alternatives’ call to invest more in safe streets for walking and biking. On Thursday, you can tell the mayor that the status quo is not acceptable.

TA, Families for Safe Streets, and allies will demand the mayor accelerate street safety improvements across the city. The demonstration begins at 6 p.m. at the Fountain of Pomona at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. The ride starts from there at 6:30, and ends at Washington Square Park. If you want safer streets but don’t bike, everyone is welcome to participate at either end of the ride.

Also this week (and this is a big “also”) — don’t forget to vote in tomorrow’s primaries for state legislative seats! There are several open seats up for grabs, and the winners of these elections will likely gain seats in Albany for many years to come. Some candidates have pledged to support policies like Move NY toll reform and the expansion of automated speed enforcement.

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: Will DOT Present a Bolder Plan for LIC Streets?

With Labor Day come and gone, community board meetings are starting to pick up again. On Thursday, Queens Community Board 2 will hear an update from DOT on the Long Island City/Hunters Point reconstruction project, which will rebuild the neighborhood’s streets for the first time in a century. So far DOT has failed to include major redesigns like a protected bike lane on 11th Street, the most direct connection between the Pulaski Bridge and the Queensboro Bridge. Update: DOT will present on the project to CB 2 in October.

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

  • Tuesday: Transportation Alternatives’ Queens committee holds its monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: T.A.’s new South Brooklyn committee meets in Bay Ridge. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: On the agenda of Manhattan CB 8’s transportation committee — making a block of E. 76th Street for recess and lunch at the Wagner School, and relocating the Citi Bike station on E. 91st Street. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Queens CB 2 holds its monthly meeting and will hear from DOT about the Long Island City street reconstruction. 7 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: Call for a Safer Grand Street Bike Lane

Last month, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed Matthew von Ohlen while he was riding in the Grand Street bike lane in Williamsburg. Tomorrow night at a special meeting of Brooklyn Community Board 1, von Ohlen’s friends and family will ask DOT to explore upgrading Grand Street to a protected lane.

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

  • Monday and Tuesday: Transportation Alternatives is putting together a policy blueprint for better bicycling called BikeNYC 2020. Help get things started by sharing your ideas about the state of cycling in NYC with TA. RSVP requested. 6:30 p.m. both days.
  • Tuesday: Come to a special summer session of Brooklyn CB 1 and call for a safer street where Matthew von Ohlen was killed. Also at this meeting: DOT Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Keith Bray will present on the South Williamsburg Transportation Study. 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: This week’s Summer Streets has something extra — in a first, 60 blocks of the Financial District will be a shared streets zone with limited, low-speed car traffic. Summer Streets on Park/Lafayette: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shared Streets in FiDi: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Also Saturday: Walk Conduit Boulevard with Southern Queens Greenway organizers. 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: Rally for Safe Streets on Staten Island’s North Shore

With major development projects slated for the north shore of Staten Island, activists are pressing the city to reimagine Richmond Terrace, where more than two hundred people have been injured in traffic since 2012, as a safe street for walking and biking. A rally to “Complete the Terrace” highlights the slate of events on the calendar this week.

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: Rally For Better Bus Service

As subway ridership reaches historic highs in NYC, bus ridership has gone down — which DOT’s recent “Mobility Report” attributes to slow speeds exacerbated by traffic congestion. The good news is that we know how to fix the problem: Off-board fare collection, signal priority for buses at intersections, dedicated bus lanes, and buses that carry more passengers can all get transit riders moving faster on city streets.

On Wednesday, members of the Riders Alliance will join TransitCenter and other advocates to call for specific policies to improve the city’s bus system. The rally begins at 11 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

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

  • Tuesday: The Riders Alliance meets at the Jackie Robinson Park Library to discuss next steps in its #FairFares campaign. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Riders Alliance and other transit advocates convene Wednesday morning at Brooklyn Borough Hall to unveil a list of recommendations to improve NYC bus service. 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: Manhattan CB 8 will hear a progress update on the construction of the Second Avenue Subway. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz gives a talk about “Reimagining Traffic” at the Museum of the City of New York. 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Bike with Transportation Alternatives volunteers on a portion of the L train route in Brooklyn “for a glimpse of what doomsday will look like when the L train shuts down.” 5 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: West Side Greenway Changes, Giovanni Nin Memorial

A late addition to the Streetsblog calendar that Hudson River Greenway users will want to squeeze into their schedules tonight: Community Board 7’s Parks and Recreation committee will hear from the Parks Department about changes to the greenway in Riverside Park intended to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists. The greenway can get uncomfortably crowded on some sections at some times, but the Parks Departments tends not to produce the best ideas to address the problem. Turn out tonight if you want a safe, comfortable, convenient greenway route for everyone in Riverside Park.

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

  • Monday: Turn out tonight to see how the new Riverside Park Master Plan could affect the Hudson River Greenway. 7:00 p.m.
  • Also Monday: On the agenda for the Manhattan CB 5 transportation committee: The Tri-State Transportation Campaign will have a presentation on the RFP process for the new Port Authority Bus Terminal; the MTA will present on Canarsie Tunnel repairs (a.k.a. the L train shutdown); and DOT and the MTA will provide an update on M23 Select Bus Service. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The MTA will host a presentation and feedback session on Canarsie Tunnel work for Manhattan CBs 6 and 3. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join the Transportation Alternatives Bronx Committee for a Ghost Bike dedication and memorial ride in honor of Giovanni Nin, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on June 11, 2016. 6:30 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: 14th Street PeopleWay, Remembering Asif Rahman

A very busy week on the Streetsblog calendar starts off with a memorial ride later today for Asif Rahman, who was killed by a truck driver while biking on Queens Boulevard eight years ago and would have turned 31 today. Queens Boulevard is getting safer thanks in large part to the advocacy of Asif’s mother Lizi Rahman, as DOT phases in pedestrian improvements and median bikeways in Woodside and Elmhurst.

Also this week: The campaign for a 14th Street where people can ride the bus, bike, and walk without interference from car traffic heats up on Wednesday with Transportation Alternatives’ rally for the “PeopleWay.”

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

  • Monday: Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Boulevard ride in memory of Asif Rahman starts at Queens Plaza North by the foot of the Queensboro Bridge at 6:30 p.m. A ceremony with his mother Lizi begins at Queens Boulevard and 55th Road at 7:15.
  • Also Monday: As part of the reconstruction of Long Island City’s streets, the city is proposing some design changes. While the current plan includes some welcome improvements, it also overlooks important opportunities to turn car-oriented streets like Jackson Avenue and 11th Street into safe bike routes. The city is holding an open house on the street reconstruction where you can weigh in. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: On the agenda at Brooklyn Community Board 2’s transportation committee — a follow-up street safety plan for Clinton Avenue from DOT, after the agency withdrew a two-way protected bike lane project; closing a slip lane by Third Avenue and Flatbush Avenue; and a look at how DOT intends to control car traffic exiting the Manhattan Bridge across the Jay Street bike lane. 6:00 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT presents safety improvements for the western portion of 31st Avenue to Queens Community Board 1. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: Share your ideas for making downtown Jamaica more walkable at a public workshop with DOT and other agencies. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: With an 18-month L train shutdown looming, the need to reallocate street space to transit, biking, and walking has never been more urgent. If you want DOT and the MTA to rise to the occasion, rally with Transportation Alternatives at Union Square for the “14th Street Peopleway.” RSVP requested. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT will present recommendations from its South Williamsburg Transportation Study, including pedestrian safety measures. 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: The northwest corner of Columbus Avenue and 97th Street will turn into a one-day plaza with food, music, and other activities, courtesy of Friends of Stryker Park and DOT. All day, starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday: Car-free Boogie on the Boulevard returns to the Grand Concourse. Among the ways you can get involved — volunteer with the Riders Alliance to organize for discount MTA fares for low-income riders. 11:30 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: Fighting for 111th Street, Celebrating Amsterdam Ave

Queens Community Board 4 still hasn’t voted for the redesign of 111th Street by Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a highway-like divided road that endangers neighborhood families trying to get to and from the park. Tomorrow, Mujeres en Movimiento, a group of Corona mothers who’ve mobilized for a redesign that shortens crossing distances and adds a two-way protected bike lane, make their case to CB 4 again.

One project where advocates finally overcame stubborn community board members is the new Amsterdam Avenue protected bike lane. Celebrate the new northbound bike route with a group ride on Wednesday.

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

  • Monday: DOT will present a plan for safety improvements on the Bronx side of the Randall’s Island Connector to Bronx Community Board 1’s Municipal Services Committee. 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT will present a plan for bike lanes on Metropolitan Avenue and the Metropolitan Bridge to Brooklyn Community Board 1. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Mujeres en Movimiento will tell Queens Community Board 4 about why they support the 111th Street traffic calming project during the public comment section of its full board meeting. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: After a long fight, Amsterdam Avenue finally has a protected bike lane between 72nd Street and 110th Street. Revel in the new street design with a celebratory ride on the newly-striped bike lane. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Manhattan Community Board 4 will hear presentations on a number of projects, including an update from DOT on M23 Select Bus Service and a presentation from the MTA on the L train shutdown. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition will host EDC and DOT to discuss bike lane improvements and ferry service coming to Jamaica Bay. 6:30 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: Rally for Speed Enforcement at #EverySchool

On Thursday, victims of traffic violence, their family members, and other safe streets advocates will gather at City Hall to demand that state lawmakers pass a bill to allow NYC to put speed cameras in every city school zone.

Currently, NYC can only deploy 140 speed cameras, and only operate them during school activities, even though there are more than 2,000 schools in the city and most fatal crashes happen while the cameras are turned off. Assembly Member Deborah Glick’s bill would lift restrictions on the number of cameras and when they can be operational.

The effort to expand the speed camera program has support from four out of five city district attorneys, 25 City Council members, and Public Advocate Tish James. But Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the Bronx legislator who controls which bills are taken up in committee, is noncommittal on the bill, and the Senate version has no cosponsors.

Thursday’s rally will be led by Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets. Click here to let them know you plan to attend.

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

  • Today: On the agenda for the Manhattan CB 6 transportation committee: An update from DOT and the MTA on the First Avenue protected bike lane and M23 Select Bus Service, a resolution on Albany toll reform legislation, and a discussion on increasing the number of red light cameras in the district. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join Families for Safe Streets and TA to rally for speed cameras in every New York City school zone. City Hall Park, 8:40 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: The CB1 transportation committee will hold a public forum on upcoming work on the Canarsie Tunnel. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: The TA Brooklyn Committee’s People First on Atlantic Avenue team hosts another Friday Night Lights event at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. Advocates will be helping people cross that dangerous intersection while spreading the word about the need to fix it. 7 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: Remembering Michael Ameri

When he was commanding officer of the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, the late Michael Ameri made the streets around his precinct house function better for walking and biking, and he started up monthly public meetings devoted to street safety issues. Later today, Ameri, who committed suicide earlier this month, will be remembered at a ceremony preceding the 78th Precinct Community Council meeting.

For neighborhood residents, it’s a chance to pay respects to an officer who made a contribution to safer streets — and to press the precinct to continue his legacy. The 78th is where cyclist James Gregg was struck and killed by an off-route truck driver in April. The community council meeting is an opportunity to discuss what the precinct is doing to deter dangerous driving and how those efforts will be sustained in the long run, not just in the aftermath of a tragic death.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of events.

  • Today: In conjunction with tonight’s 78th Precinct Community Council meeting, activists and elected officials will remember NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: NYC EDC and DOT host a BQX Streetcar forum in Williamsburg. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and DDC will update the Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee on Safe Routes to Schools projects. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: The Transportation Research Forum hosts a talk on MTA benchmarking — i.e. measuring performance compared to other transit agencies — with Maeve Clements of New York City Transit. 11:45 a.m. Registration required.
  • Saturday: The Queens Bike Initiative holds a “Women’s Biking 101” event for women who want to get comfortable riding on NYC streets. Registration is free. FAQs and more info here. 8:30 a.m.

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