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This Week: Join Streetsblog for a Discussion of BRT in NYC

On Wednesday, Streetsblog and the New York Transit Museum are hosting a roundtable discussion on Bus Rapid Transit in New York City. Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried will moderate a panel featuring Joan Byron of the Pratt Center for Community Development, Eric Beaton of NYC DOT, and Robert Thompson of New York City Transit. The event is free but registration is requested. It kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn. See you there!

For the full complement of events, check the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: Want safer streets in Queens? Meet up with the Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee to learn about street safety campaigns on Queens Boulevard, 21st Street, and in Jackson Heights and Corona. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Brooklyn Community Board 10 chair Brian Kieran recently removed livable streets supporter Bob HuDock from the board’s transportation committee. The committee, which had been showing signs of progress since its days as a reliable opponent of street safety projects, will discuss a proposed bike rack and “the future direction of the committee” at its meeting this week. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Want more bike parking in Prospect Heights? Brooklyn Community Board 8 will decide whether to OK four new bike corrals in the neighborhood. The plans, requested by local businesses, have already received a thumbs up from the board’s transportation committee. 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: Join Streetsblog at ARTCRANK on Thursday

Events started trickling onto the Streetsblog calendar last week. Now that we’re past Labor Day, that trickle has turned into a gusher, providing a full slate of events to sate your appetite.

On Thursday, be sure to join Streetsblog for ARTCRANK at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. ARTCRANK is a celebration of bike culture featuring hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by New York area artists, not to mention food and drink. Limited edition, signed copied of all posters will be available for sale. Admission is free and Streetsblog will be raffling off accessories from Timbuk2 and Shinola, so come show your support.

For the full complement of events, check the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Today: After two deadly crashes in which left-turning drivers struck pedestrians in West End Avenue crosswalks, DOT drew up a 35-block road diet featuring concrete pedestrian islands. Tonight, Manhattan Community Board 7 is set to vote in support of the project, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of next month. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The City Council transportation committee will consider a bill establishing civil penalties for leaving the scene of a crash without reporting it to the police. 10 a.m.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT is hosting an information session in Queens for people and organizations interested in applying to the neighborhood plaza program. 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Brooklyn Community Board 7′s Vision Zero task force is meeting to focus on improving safety on Third Avenue and on Caton Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Manhattan Community Board 2 transportation committee will consider whether to ask DOT to study complete street treatments on Seventh Avenue South, including protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: DOT will present pedestrian safety improvements for Court Square at Queens Community Board 2′s general board meeting. 7 p.m.

Finally, a heads up for an event next Wednesday: Streetsblog and the New York Transit Museum are hosting a roundtable discussion on Bus Rapid Transit in New York City. Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Ben Fried will moderate a panel featuring Joan Byron of the Pratt Center for Community Development, Eric Beaton of NYC DOT, and Robert Thompson of New York City Transit. The event is free, and registration is requested. See you there!

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: Summer’s Not Over Yet

You know the summer is over when the community board calendar picks up steam again. We’re not quite there yet, but things are starting to percolate.

Here’s what’s happening on the Streetsblog calendar this week:

  • Monday: The Manhattan Community Board 5 transportation committee meets this evening, and on the agenda are two new intercity bus stop locations. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Vision Zero task force of Manhattan Community Board 10 is hosting an information session for older residents. 6 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: The Riders Alliance is holding a strategy session to plan next steps in the campaign to extend transit tax benefits to 600,000 additional New Yorkers. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: It’s an intriguing agenda for the Queens Community Board 5 transportation committee, which will be discussing Move NY’s toll reform proposal, potential reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Branch rail line, and upcoming plaza projects. 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Committee to strategize about how to make the borough’s streets safer and more livable. 7:00 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: “Street Design” Book Talk, Car-Free Streets

This week’s calendar is chockablock with car-free streets events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. There are two items of immediate interest: John Massengale talks about his new book tonight, and there’s a midnight deadline for Park(ing) Day 2014. Not to mention the debut of TA’s Bicyclists’ Ball. Let’s get to it.

  • Today: Architect and urban designer John Massengale will give a talk on “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns,” a book described as “ideal reading for any person who wants to create memorable streets that are not just routes to someplace else, but great places that are destinations in themselves.” Today’s event starts at 6 p.m. at the AIA-NY Center for Architecture in the West Village. RSVP requested. General admission $10, free for AIA members and students.
  • Today: The deadline to submit your application for Park(ing) Day 2014 is midnight tonight. This year’s international street space reclamation event comes on Friday, September 19. Complete this form to have Transportation Alternatives submit your permit app to the city.
  • Thursday: Join TA in Downtown Brooklyn for the first-ever Bicyclists’ Ball (and Pedestrian Prom). On tap will be unlimited beer and wine, dancing, a silent auction, and first-come first-served valet bike parking. RSVP required. $25 general admission, $15 for TA members. 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: North Slope Weekend Walks returns for two weeks to the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, between Sterling and Dean Streets, near the Barclays Center. 5 to 9 p.m. Performance of “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30.
  • Friday: Summer Stroll is coming to Third Avenue between Bay Ridge Avenue and 90th Street in Brooklyn. 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: It’s the final Summer Streets of the year. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday: Join the Pelham Bay Merchants Association for Weekend Walks, featuring a rock climbing wall, karate and dance classes hosted by local merchants, and back to school packs. Buhre Avenue between Crosby and Jarvis Avenues. Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Boogie on the Boulevard will celebrate 100 years of the Bronx on Grand Concourse between 165th and 167th Streets. The center lanes of the Concourse will be open to pedestrians, with music and other activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: The Astoria Park Alliance hosts Shore Fest, featuring a variety of activities along a car-free Shore Boulevard between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard. 1 to 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: Vision Zero Online Deadline, First Summer Streets

The middle of the week has the important street safety events, with an important deadline to submit ideas to the Vision Zero map coming up on Thursday. Then car-free events season takes over the weekend:

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: MTA Reinvention Commission Hearings

The big happening this week is a series of public hearings held by MTA Reinvention Commission, which will inform the agency’s next five-year capital plan and address other long-term issues facing the region’s transit system — if Governor Cuomo adopts its recommendations.

The commission will host public hearings at its Midtown headquarters today from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Members of the public interested in speaking are asked to register in advance. The hearings will be webcast, and comments are being accepted online.

Before each public hearing, the commission will hear from transit experts. Today’s expert panel, beginning at 1 p.m., features NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris, New York State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald, Riders Alliance Executive Director John Raskin, and Joshua Schank of the ENO Center for Transportation, among others. Expert panels run on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and  on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Here are other events happening this week:

  • Wednesday: New York State DOT is hosting the second of two public meetings on the Kosciuszko Bridge replacement project. Last week’s meeting was in Brooklyn; this week’s is in Sunnyside. The new bridge will be wider and include a bike-pedestrian path over Newtown Creek. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Join Transportation Alternatives for a Vision Zero workshop in Jackson Heights and Corona to brainstorm ideas for improving street safety in Queens. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: TA activists are putting on a scavenger hunt along Queens Boulevard. Be on the look-out for local photo-ops, the best and worst street behavior, and tasty treats along the way. 11 a.m.
  • Also Saturday: TA is kicking off a campaign to improve bike access across the Harlem River with the first of three “street scans.” Join local residents and campaign partners to craft recommendations from cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. 2 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: Vision Zero Forums, Tour de Queens

It’s a light holiday week on the Streetsblog calendar, but there are opportunities to weigh in on street safety in Brooklyn and Queens, get involved in the commuter tax break effort, and tour Queens by bike.

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Today: Share your concerns about street safety with DOT and Council Member Carlos Menchaca at a Vision Zero town hall meeting in Sunset Park. 7 p.m.
  • Today: Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and DOT will host a Vision Zero town hall meeting in Flushing Maspeth. 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Riders Alliance holds a strategy session for a City Council bill that would extend the federal commuter tax benefit to more transit-riding New Yorkers. 6:30 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Wednesday: The week’s third Vision Zero forum — this one in Bushwick, hosted by the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Activist Committee. 6:30 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Sunday: It’s TA’s Tour de Queens. Registration is now open, and is limited to 1,250 riders. The registration fee is $15 for TA members, $20 for non-members. The ride begins and ends at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 8 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: Get Involved in Woodhaven Boulevard SBS

On Wednesday, DOT will hold a second workshop on Select Bus Service for Woodhaven Boulevard. The chair of the Community Board 9 transportation committee, Kenichi Wilson, told the Queens Courier last week that he opposes dedicated lanes for Woodhaven Boulevard buses, which he said would impede double parking in front of businesses and “create more congestion.” Given that community board opposition and inaction played a significant role in watering down bus improvements on 125th Street in Harlem, it is imperative that advocates of better bus service on Woodhaven get involved in planning this SBS route. Wednesday’s forum starts at 7 p.m. Details are here.

More highlights from this week’s calendar:

  • Tuesday: At a transportation committee meeting for Brooklyn CB 8, DOT will discuss a study for pedestrian improvements on Atlantic Avenue from Ralph Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue, as well as four proposed bike corrals on Vanderbilt. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Queens CB 5 transpo committee will take up city bus service, updates on bridge capital projects (specifics here), and traffic safety concerns. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Activist Committee, along with dozens of community partners, local leaders, and community boards, will host a Vision Zero street safety forum. Share your local expertise, concerns, and ideas on the best ways to make Brooklyn streets safer for everyone. 6:30 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Wednesday: Woodhaven Boulevard Select Bus Service forum, concerning corridor design and stop locations along the route. 7 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: City Council Member Ben Kallos will hold a forum on Upper East Side bike lanes. 6:30 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Thursday: DOT and NYPD will host a Vision Zero workshop focusing on pedestrian safety in Staten Island. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: The City Council transportation committee holds a hearing on proposed legislation to relax alternate-side parking rules and extend the federal transit tax benefit to more NYC commuters. 10 a.m.
  • Friday: Join Council Member Carlos Menchaca and DOT, along with U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, for a discussion of Vision Zero in Red Hook. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Join TA at Oye Corona for an interactive outreach day, complete with maps, photo-petitioning, and giveaways, in preparation for the upcoming Corona and Jackson Heights Vision Zero workshop. Noon to 5 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: Burst of Community Board Action Before Summer

The second and final Manhattan Vision Zero workshop is scheduled for this evening, as are opportunities to weigh in on bike infrastructure in Brooklyn and buses in Queens. The week continues with community board meetings on bike lanes, Slow Zones, improving dangerous intersections, and securing complete streets on two of Manhattan’s busiest avenues.

For the full complement of events, check the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Monday: The city’s Vision Zero workshops continue with the final of two Manhattan workshops, this time in Harlem. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Monday: DOT presents a bicycle project for Metropolitan Avenue to Brooklyn Community Board 1′s transportation committee at 6:30 p.m. and CB 10 will discuss a bike network expansion in Bay Ridge at 7:15 p.m.
  • More Monday: Ride the bus on Woodhaven Boulevard? Riders Alliance is hosting a gathering to discuss bus and pedestrian improvements in the area. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Vision 42 working group, an effort for a car-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street, will hear a presentation about Hudson Bergen Light Rail. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT will present proposals to expand the bicycle network and improve safety at the complex intersection where Ella Bandes was killed to Brooklyn Community Board 4. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday Thursday: DOT will present the Jackson Heights Neighborhood Slow Zone and a safety project for Northern Boulevard to Queens Community Board 3. 6:30 7 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: Manhattan Community Board 2 is set to vote on a resolution requesting a complete streets redesign study of Fifth and Sixth Avenues from DOT. If it passes, CB 2 will become the third and final board to request the study from DOT. 6 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: Bike-Ped Projects Cram the Calendar Tomorrow

Tuesday is a big day for street safety projects in Brooklyn and Queens, with community board meetings about bike lanes and pedestrian improvements. On Wednesday, Manhattanites will have the opportunity to weigh in at the first of two Vision Zero workshops in the borough.

For the full complement of events, check the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

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