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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.

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This Week: B46 SBS, Reclaiming Livonia Ave., #SlowDownPLG

This week’s calendar is all about Brooklyn, with community board action in districts 9, 13, and 16. Also, Transportation Alternatives volunteers will meet to talk street safety in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Highlights below. Check the calendar for more listings.

  • Monday: The Brooklyn CB 9 transportation committee will hear from DOT concerning B46 Select Bus Service and the PS 221 school safety project. The committee will also discuss the Clove Road and Empire Boulevard redesign projects. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT will present the Livonia Avenue El-Space Project — a joint effort by DOT and ioby to reclaim space under elevated infrastructure — to Brooklyn CB 16. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and Brooklyn CB 13 will host a community workshop on WalkNYC pedestrian wayfinding signs. 6 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: Join the TA Brooklyn Activist Committee and the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association for a #SlowDownPLG forum and workshop on street safety in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Participants will discuss current street safety campaigns, a community survey of street improvement ideas, and the results of a neighborhood speeding study. 7 p.m.

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: Jay Street Improvements, Vision Zero Funding

After years of advocacy by Transportation Alternatives and others, this week DOT will unveil plans to improve safety for people who walk and bike on Jay Street between Fulton and Sands. The proposal goes to the Brooklyn Community Board 2 transportation committee on Tuesday.

Also this week, TA staff and volunteers will lobby City Council members to fully fund redesign projects for NYC’s most dangerous streets.

Check the full calendar for a complete list of events.

  • Tuesday: DOT will present proposed Jay Street improvements to the Brooklyn CB 2 transportation committee. The plan includes parking-protected bike lanes between Fulton and Sands streets, new crosswalks and pedestrian islands, and a new signalized crossing for the public plaza at the Manhattan Bridge. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT meets with the Manhattan CB 4 transportation committee to talk leading pedestrian intervals and safety improvements for 11th Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Brooklyn CB 18 will hear from DOT on a proposal for bike lanes on Avenue V in Sheepshead Bay. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: New Yorkers who want safer streets will join Transportation Alternatives in lobbying City Council members to fully fund Vision Zero street redesigns. Participants will meet at City Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a day of meetings with city lawmakers.

Keep your eyes on the calendar for updates. Let us know if you have an event we should know about.

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This Week: Vision Zero, JSK Book Launch, Fixing Chrystie Street

Registration has closed for Transportation Alternatives’ 2016 Vision Zero Conference, coming up at the end of this week, but if you couldn’t snag a ticket there’s still plenty to do in the world of safe streets advocacy.

Former Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is out with a new book, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, about how to make change happen on city streets. You can catch her at events on Wednesday or Thursday.

The highlight of the community board calendar is Tuesday, when DOT will present a plan for a protected bike lane on Chrystie Street to Manhattan CB 3.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of events.

Keep your eyes on the calendar for updates. Let us know if you have an event we should know about.

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This Week: Redesigning Queens Boulevard, Phase Two

The first phase of DOT’s Queens Boulevard redesign added a bike lane and safer pedestrian infrastructure along 1.3 miles in Woodside. The changes have made a big difference for walking and biking, and there’s more on the way. This week DOT will talk about what’s next for Queens Boulevard as the second phase of the redesign process addresses the area east of Roosevelt Avenue.

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

Keep your eyes on the calendar for updates. Let us know if you have an event we should know about.

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This Week: The Revised Plan for a Safer Meeker Avenue

After DOT presented a safety proposal for Meeker Avenue last month that did not include bike infrastructure, locals called for a more thorough plan. DOT is set to bring the updated proposal back to the CB 1 transportation committee on Tuesday.

This week’s action kicks off tonight, when Vornado looks to get support from Manhattan CB 5 to bring back last year’s public spaces experiments around Penn Station and make them permanent.

Here are the highlights — you’ll find more events on the Streetsblog calendar.

  • Monday: Vornado, the 34th Street Partnership, and DOT will seek a resolution from Manhattan CB 5 committee members in support of permanent public space improvements near Penn Station. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Riders Alliance is bringing together Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Dan Squadron, Assembly Member Walter T. Mosley, and MTA reps for a “C Train Full Line Review Q&A.” Sign up here to submit questions. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT comes back to the Brooklyn CB 1 transportation committee with its proposal for changes along Meeker Avenue. DOT’s original proposal included no bike infrastructure. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT comes back to the Brooklyn CB 8 transportation committee with a plan for east-west bike lanes and sharrows on St. Johns Place and Sterling Place in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights. 7 p.m.
  • Friday: Get your wonk on at a book talk about “Road Traffic Congestion: A Concise Guide.” 10 a.m.

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