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This Week: Flushing-Jamaica BRT, Bike Corral in LIC, CNU to NYC

Eastern Brooklyn and Queens rule the Streetsblog calendar this week. Make your voice heard as efforts move forward to improve street safety in the Rockaways, launch Select Bus Service between Flushing and Jamaica, and build a greenway in Canarsie along the Jamaica Bay shoreline.

Also, it’s not on the calendar, but if you live in Long Island City or environs and want more on-street bike parking, now is the time to send a letter to Queens Community Board 1 supporting a bike corral by Dutch Kills Centraal on 29th Street. The community board is expected to weigh in on the bike corral next week.

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

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: Envisioning a Safer Atlantic Avenue

This week you can get involved in street safety initiatives focused on Atlantic Avenue and Rockaway Freeway beneath the A train.

Here are the highlights — check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

  • Today: Join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the first of two workshops (the second is on September 30) to plan for safer streets on Rockaway Freeway beneath the A train. 6 p.m.
  • Also Today: NYU’s Rudin Center is hosting a “Short Talks, Big Ideas” event to discuss the frontiers of transportation. Learn about high-tech bike helmets, waterfront development, green loading zones, and more. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Meet up with the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn activist committee to plan strategy for achieving safer streets across the borough. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition is meeting to discuss the vision for the greenway and plan for the next round of NYC DOT workshops, scheduled for next week. 10 a.m.
  • Also Saturday: Want to make a safer Atlantic Avenue? Join TA’s Brooklyn activist committee for a walk of this dangerous arterial street through Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, and Crown Heights, meeting with local groups and businesses concerned about traffic violence. 1 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: BRT for the Rockaways, Kidical Mass Rides Again

Public meeting season is back in full swing on the calendar, with forums about fixing dangerous streets, upgrading pedestrian plazas, and bringing better bus service to southeast Queens. On Friday, Atlantic Avenue merchants celebrate Park(ing) Day. And closing out the week: It’s Kidical Mass.

Here are the highlights — check the Streetsblog calendar for the full slate of events:

  • Today: Currently implemented with temporary materials, Clinton Hill’s Putnam Plaza is slated to be redesigned to create a permanent public space. DOT will be collecting input on the project tonight. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Brooklyn CB 2 Transportation and Public Safety Committee kicks off its 2014-2015 session with a briefing from the Department of City Planning about the future of Atlantic Avenue. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Queens CB 2 will hear from DOT on a proposed Slow Zone for Sunnyside. Public comments will be accepted. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and Council Member Donovan Richards hold a forum on public transportation in the Rockaways, to talk with residents about Bus Rapid Transit along Woodhaven Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard and better bus service across the peninsula. 7 p.m. RSVP requested.
  • Friday: It’s Park(ing) Day on Atlantic Avenue. Join NYC Bike Ambassadors, the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Activist Committee, and the Atlantic Avenue BID at a series of pop-up parks on Atlantic between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: Kidical Mass hits the Brooklyn waterfront. Kidical Mass brings together kids and parents for group bike rides, helping riders of all ages gain experience as city cyclists. Saturday’s ride begins at 2:30 p.m. Details are here.

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 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.