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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.

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Big CB Meetings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Starting Tonight

There are several important community board meetings scheduled this week in Manhattan and Brooklyn — two one of them tonight.

Manhattan Community Board 7 is set to vote this evening on a DOT proposal to install curb extensions at 72nd Street and Riverside Drive. The plan is intended to slow traffic and reduce crossing distances for pedestrians going to and from Riverside Park. But some oppose the project, claiming the changes would interfere with deliveries and mar the park’s historical character. Voices of reason will be needed to see this proposal through. Tonight’s meeting is for 6:30 at Fordham University, 113 W. 60th Street.

Also tonight, DOT will again present the proposal for the Clinton Hill/Bedford-Stuyvesant Slow Zone to Brooklyn CB 3. The proposed Slow Zone area averages 62.4 traffic injuries annually, according to DOT, with six severe injuries or fatalities per road mile. Yet CB 3 voted against the Slow Zone in February. Board chair Tremaine Wright told Streetsblog that street safety “is not an issue” in the area, and local Council Member Robert Cornegy said recently that he is skeptical of DOT data and the Slow Zone process. The CB 3 meeting starts at 7 p.m. at 1360 Fulton Street, Room 302. [Update: Streetsblog has learned that this item was dropped from tonight's CB 3 agenda.]

Here’s what else is happening on the calendar this week.

  • Today: DOT will present preliminary recommendations from a study of traffic conditions in Highland Park and East New York to the Brooklyn CB 16 transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
  • Today: DOT will present plans for safety improvements at Saint Nicholas Place, W. 155th Street, and Edgecombe Avenue to the transportation committee of Manhattan CB 12. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT will present a revised traffic calming project for South End Avenue and West Thames Street to the Battery Park City committee of Manhattan CB 1. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Join DOT and Queens City Council Member Donovan Richards for a Vision Zero Town Hall. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: After months of delays, Manhattan CB 10 is scheduled to vote on a road diet for Morningside Avenue. The DOT proposal was endorsed by CB 9 last year, but CB 10 members who opposed reducing the number of car lanes had held up the project before chair Henrietta Lyle gave it her blessing earlier this month. The board is expected to sign off, but a strong show of support would help ensure DOT can get to work in July. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: In partnership with Manhattan CB 7 and the Lincoln Square BID, DOT will host a public workshop on pedestrian safety improvements to the W. 65th Street “bow tie” area around Broadway and Columbus Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT will present preliminary recommendations from a study of traffic conditions in Highland Park and East New York to Brooklyn CB 5. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT will present plans for safety improvements at Saint Nicholas Place, W. 155th Street, and Edgecombe Avenue to the transportation committee of Manhattan CB 9. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Queens CB 2 is scheduled to hear presentations from DOT on a road diet for Broadway in Woodside and plazas beneath the elevated train viaduct on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Join Riders Alliance to help promote an upcoming meeting on improving bus service on Woodhaven Boulevard. Volunteers will be handing out flyers at area bus stops, starting at noon. Doughnuts provided. RSVP requested.

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: Rockaway Freeway Safety, Citi Bike Showcase

As we reported in April, high school students interning with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance are working to persuade DOT to convert under-used asphalt on the Rockaway Freeway into a safe space for walking and biking. They developed a plan for the project and have gathered over 1,000 signatures in support.

On Thursday, the plan will get a hearing before the transportation committee of Queens Community Board 14. RWA is calling for supporters to attend the meeting or send messages to the committee via info@rwalliance.org. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Martin De Porres High School, 140 Beach 112 Street, in Far Rockaway.

Here are the rest of this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Today: The Manhattan CB 10 Vision Zero Task Force wants your input on pedestrian and traffic safety issues on Harlem streets. The task force is holding the second of two Vision Zero workshops this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Today: The transportation committee of Queens Community Board 2 will hear from DOT on its plans to redesign Broadway and beautify spaces under the 7 train viaduct. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Join the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, BetaNYC, and OpenPlans for a showcase of Citi Bike-related projects, featuring Citi Bike managers and presentations from the top visualizations and apps. 6:30 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Thursday: Weigh in on Queens street safety issues at a Vision Zero workshop in Jamaica, with small group discussions moderated by DOT and NYPD. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT will present a bike network project for Flushing Avenue and a proposed one-way conversion for Wallabout Street to the transportation committee of Brooklyn CB 1. 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, Ped Safety on Park Ave and 155th Street

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, the Streetsblog calendar shows no signs of letting up, with Vision Zero events in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens; a presentation of the Move NY fair toll plan in western Queens; and traffic calming proposals from DOT in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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

  • Monday: Transportation Alternatives is hosting a Vision Zero traffic safety forum in Bushwick with local elected officials and community groups. Bring your ideas for how to make neighborhood streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. 6 p.m.
  • Also Monday: Join the Jackson Heights Beautification Group for a presentation of the Move NY fair toll plan by “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, with a  focus on how the plan affects Queens. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT will present a pedestrian safety plan for Park Avenue in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene to Brooklyn Community Board 2′s transportation committee. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: DOT will also be presenting a traffic-calming proposal for Franklin Avenue to Brooklyn CB 9′s full board, as well as data from the Fourth Avenue road diet to CB 7′s transportation committee. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: A DOT forum with Manhattan Community Boards 10, 11, and 12 will consider proposed safety improvements at Saint Nicholas Place, West 155th Street, and Edgecombe Avenue. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: DOT continues its series of Vision Zero pedestrian safety workshops with an event in Queens. Offer your ideas about how to fix dangerous streets in the borough. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Transportation Alternatives follows up its Bushwick Vision Zero forum with another forum in Greenpoint. Bring your ideas for how to make neighborhood streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. 6 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: The city’s Vision Zero town hall series continues at Lehman College in the Bronx with local elected officials and agency representatives. 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: Bike to Work Day, Better Crown Heights Buses

There’s a lot happening on the Streetsblog calendar this week. You can offer your ideas on Vision Zero initiatives for Harlem and the Bronx, organize for better buses in Crown Heights, and advocate for a safer Queens Boulevard. Plus, don’t forget: Friday is Bike to Work Day.

The full complement of events is at the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: Harlem’s Community Board 10 is hosting the first of two Vision Zero workshops to gather input on the neighborhood’s traffic safety priorities. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Bronx Community Board 8 is scheduled to vote on Van Cortlandt Park’s 20 Year Master Plan. New York Cycle Club is asking the public to show up in support of the plan, which includes numerous trail upgrades. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Transportation Alternatives activists will be asking Queens Community Board 6 to pass a resolution in support of having DOT redesign Queens Boulevard as a complete street. 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The city’s Vision Zero workshops come to the Bronx with an event at Hostos Community College where you can weigh in on how to improve street safety in your neighborhood. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: City & State is hosting a panel on the state of New York’s transportation infrastructure, including state DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald, MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast, and Lori Ardito of NYC DOT. 8 a.m.
  • Also Friday: It’s Bike to Work Day! Join Transportation Alternatives for the Bike Home From Work Party, transforming DUMBO into a festival of bike commuting with pop-up shops, food, a beer garden, and more. 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: The Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition is meeting to discuss next steps after DOT’s recent workshops. 10:30 a.m.
  • Also Sunday: Ride the bus in Crown Heights? Join Riders Alliance at this meeting to plan the next steps in the advocacy campaign for faster bus service in the neighborhood. 1 p.m.

Also, here’s a heads-up for a conference later this month: The Walk-Bike New York Symposium is scheduled for May 21 and 22 in Suffern. Join 200 attendees from across the state to learn about creating walkable and bikeable communities.

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: Streetsblog Happy Hour and More

It’s a packed week on the livable streets calendar, but hopefully you can find some time on Wednesday to come out to Dutch Kills Centraal in Long Island City for the Streetsblog and Streetfilms happy hour. We’d love to meet you! The party gets started at 6 p.m., with half-price drinks, great food, and a raffle to support our reporting and videos. If you can’t make it (or even if you can), you can also contribute to our spring pledge drive online and help us reach our goal of 400 donors by June 1. Every donation helps!

The full complement of events is at the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: DOT is hosting a Vision Zero pedestrian safety workshop at Lehman College in the Bronx. Tell transportation planners and police about dangerous street conditions in your neighborhood. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: CIVITAS is hosting a community meeting to discuss improvements to the East River Esplanade on the Upper East Side and East Harlem. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Join City Council members and representatives from DOT, NYPD and TLC at a Vision Zero town hall on Staten Island. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: After months of meetings on the topic, Manhattan Community Board 10′s full board is set to take up a resolution on traffic calming for Morningside Avenue. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Manhattan Community Board 2′s transportation committee will hear a request to extend the West Village Slow Zone to Sixth Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: Riders Alliance is hosting its second southern Brooklyn strategy session. Help strategize solutions for better transit in your neighborhood. 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: Jane’s Walks, Cyclists’ Rights, Vision Zero Workshops

Vision Zero events will bring the traffic safety conversation to Harlem, Queens, and Brooklyn this week. Then hit the streets this weekend at one of the many Jane’s Walks organized by the Municipal Art Society.

The full complement of events is at the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: The State Senate and Assembly transportation committees are meeting to consider legislation, including proposals to increase penalties for unlicensed drivers and hit-and-run drivers. (Speed camera bills, which a top Cuomo aide had said would pass this month, are in play in other committees.) The Senate hearing is at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Assembly hearing at 11:30 a.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Manhattan Community Board 10 is hosting the first of two Vision Zero workshops to hear about traffic safety issues of concern to Harlemites. 6 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: The second Vision Zero pedestrian safety workshop led by city agencies will take place at Brooklyn College. The series of public input sessions will then head to other boroughs. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The City Council Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on a package of traffic safety bills. 10 a.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Come to a free Five Borough Bicycle Club forum on cyclists’ rights and advocacy opportunities, featuring attorneys Steve Vaccaro and Adam White. 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and Council Member Donovan Richards host a Vision Zero town hall to discuss traffic safety issues in Queens. 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: In honor of Jane Jacobs, the Municipal Art Society is putting on a weekend full of Jane’s Walks in neighborhoods across the city, led by local residents and other city lovers.

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: First Vision Zero Workshops, Woodhaven SBS

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.

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This Week: Safer Atlantic Avenue, Vision Zero in Bushwick

On the livable streets calendar this week are opportunities to speak up for a safer Atlantic Avenue, support better bike lanes on Lafayette Street and Fourth Avenue, and raise awareness of street safety issues in Bushwick.

There are more events on the full Streetsblog calendar. Here are some highlights:

  • Tuesday: The Atlantic Avenue BID and Transportation Alternatives volunteers will be speaking with Brooklyn Community Board 2′s transportation committee about bike routes, bus bulbs, and plazas along Atlantic west of Flatbush. 6:00 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Join Brooklyn Community Board 5′s transportation committee and DOT for a discussion of on-street parking on Pennsylvania Avenue between New Lots and Hegeman Avenues. 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Transportation Alternatives and neighborhood groups are working to get community boards in North Brooklyn to host Vision Zero forums to address local street safety issues. You can join them at Brooklyn Community Board 4 to call for Vision Zero forums in Bushwick. 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: Manhattan Community Board 3′s transportation committee will hear from DOT about upgrades to the bike lane on Lafayette Street and Fourth Avenue, which already have the support of CB 2. 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 in the Bronx, 20′s Plenty for Bed Stuy

A ton of interesting events are all happening on Tuesday this week. Below are the highlights, and there are many more events on the full Streetsblog calendar.

  • Monday: Learn about everything from patterns of Citi Bike use to urban freight movement at “Short Talk, Big Ideas” — an evening of quick presentations followed by discussion and refreshments at NYU’s Rudin Center. RSVP online. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: City officials will discuss Vision Zero, and you can weigh in with your thoughts about street safety at this town hall in the Bronx sponsored by Council Member Vanessa Gibson. 6:00 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: NYC DOT is hosting a public workshop to help plan the Jamaica Bay Greenway. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: Brooklyn Community Board 3 voted against a new 20 mph zone for part of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill earlier this year, and at this meeting of the CB 3 transportation committee, DOT will return to present the proposal again. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Transportation Alternatives volunteers in Queens have been building a campaign to redesign Queens Boulevard as a safe, complete street. You can support the Zero on Queens Boulevard initiative as advocates make their case to Community Board 6. 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Get the word out about Vision Zero in northern Brooklyn at this TA petition drive in Maria Hernandez Park. 12:00 p.m.

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