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This Week: Help Make Empire Boulevard Safer for Walking

This week DOT will unveil plans to improve safety for people who walk on Empire Boulevard, at two of the most dangerous intersections in Brooklyn, to Community Board 9. DOT wants to add public space and reconfigure the traffic pattern where Empire meets Remsen and Utica avenues, and convert a slip lane on Franklin Avenue into a plaza. Given that from 2009 to 2013 there were 490 injuries, with 29 serious injuries, at these two intersections combined, this project is a no-brainer. But since DOT generally won’t make streets safer without the blessing of the local community board, friendly voices are crucial.

More calendar highlights below. Check the calendar for complete listings.

  • Today: DOT will host the first of two public workshops on transportation issues in Washington Heights. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The City Council transportation committee holds a hearing on two bike-share bills — one to require DOT to report Citi Bike usage data every quarter, and one to require DOT to report annually on Citi Bike finances. 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: The second DOT Washington Heights workshop. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Brooklyn CB 8 transportation committee will discuss a proposal to revive the B71, lost in the 2010 MTA service cuts, on a modified route. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT will make a presentation on the Empire Boulevard safety project to Brooklyn CB 9. 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: Brooklyn Greenway, Woodhaven SBS, Dollar Vans

This week’s calendar includes community board action in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, and a City Council hearing on commuter van legislation. See the highlights below, and check the calendar for complete listings.

  • Tuesday: DDC will present on the Owl’s Head Connector section of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and EDC will present an update on the city’s five-borough ferry plan to the Brooklyn CB 7 transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: On the agenda for the Queens CB 5 transportation committee: discussion and recommendations concerning the Cross Harbor Freight Program, discussion of Woodhaven Boulevard SBS, and a review of traffic safety issues and requests. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Manhattan CB 4 transportation committee will hold votes on recommendations for bike corrals and an intercity bus permit, and will discuss the Port Authority bus terminal expansion plan. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The City Council transportation committee will hold a hearing concerning commuter vans. Council Member Jumaane Williams plans to introduce legislation to implement industry reforms and allow dollar vans to accept street hails. 10 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: Planning for Citi Bike in Harlem

This week community boards will take up street safety in Red Hook, improvements to Brooklyn’s Empire Boulevard, and Citi Bike’s expansion into Harlem. TA will scope east-west bike routes on the Upper East Side, and Amtrak will reveal its Sunnyside Yard master plan.

Highlights below. Check the calendar for complete listings.

  • Tuesday: On the agenda for the Manhattan CB 10 transportation committee: Citi Bike planning, DOT benches, and bus shelters. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT will present plans for improvements to Empire Boulevard to the Brooklyn CB 17 transportation committee. 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The New York chapter of the Transportation Research Forum will host a discussion of Amtrak’s master plan for Sunnyside Yard, which serves Penn Station and is vital to the operations of Amtrak and NJ Transit. 11:45 a.m. Reservations required.
  • Thursday: Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez and CIVITAS will hold a panel on the Second Avenue subway, featuring Assembly Member Jim Brennan; Columbia professor David King; and Nick Sifuentes, deputy director of Riders Alliance. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: At a meeting of the Brooklyn CB 6 transportation committee, DOT and DDC will present preliminary designs for approaches to Red Hook’s Valentino Pier, aimed at improving the public realm, enhancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and capturing stormwater runoff. And Captain Elliot Colon, the new commanding officer of the 76th Precinct, will introduce himself and discuss public safety concerns. 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Upper East Side lacks safe corridors for east-west riding. Transportation Alternatives and Bike New York are hosting a “street scan” to identify which neighborhood streets would work best for protected east-west bike lanes. Recommendations will be submitted to DOT and “local decision makers.” 11 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: Francisco Moya’s 111th Street Town Hall

There’s a lot of weighty stuff on the calendar this week, including presentations and public meetings on street improvements in Upper Manhattan, on the Upper East Side, and on 111th Street in Corona. Plus the City Council transportation committee will have a hearing on proposed legislation concerning bus safety and daylighting intersections.

Highlights below. Check the calendar for complete listings.

  • Today: Manhattan CB 10 and the DOT will lead a walkthrough for a safety improvement proposal near Lenox Avenue and 145th Street. If you can’t attend, you can still send comments to the community board email addresses found here. 6 p.m.
  • Today: The Brooklyn CB 10 transportation committee will host a presentation by the Department of Design and Construction on the Owl’s Head Connector, the Brooklyn Greenway segment that will run along Second Avenue from 58th Street to Wakeman Place and along Wakeman Place from Second Avenue to Owl’s Head Park. 7 p.m.
  • Today: Assembly Member Francisco Moya is organizing a town hall on a project for 111th Street in Corona that would shorten pedestrian crossing distances, add parking, and install a protected bikeway next to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Assembly Member Moya has previously opposed the project. 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Another Lenox Avenue/145th Street walkthrough. 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday: The City Council transportation committee will hold a hearing on several street-safety initiatives, including bills introduced by Committee Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez aimed at improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists along bus routes, daylighting intersections with curb extensions, and eliminating MTA bus blind spots, as well as legislation introduced by Council Member Antonio Reynoso that would require wheel guards on MTA buses. 10 a.m.

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This Week: Swedes Talk Vision Zero, Plus Ferries!

How does New York City’s version of Vision Zero compare to the original Swedish model? Two events on this week’s calendar will bring Swedes to the city to talk Vision Zero policy and design. Also this week, the de Blasio administration moves forward with a plan to add ferry service.

  • Today: Ferries serve fewer people at much greater cost than other forms of transit, and electeds can’t get enough of them. Mayor de Blasio and NYC EDC are embarking on a plan to expand ferry service citywide. This evening EDC will host a scoping session at Brooklyn Borough Hall. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: On the agenda for the Queens CB 5 transportation committee: street resurfacings, light rail, freight rail, and a review of traffic safety issues and public requests. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: International trade group Business Sweden will host a Vision Zero seminar, featuring local and Swedish political and business interests who will discuss the implementation of Vision Zero in NYC. 8:30 a.m. Registration required.
  • Thursday: More Vision Zero lessons from Sweden. Matts-Ake Belin, director of the Vision Zero Academy at Trafikverket, Sweden’s transportation agency, will explain how data-driven policy and design are making streets safer. 10 a.m. Registration required.
  • Saturday: Friends of Stryker Park is partnering with DOT for a “One Day Plaza” event on the west side of W. 97th Street near Columbus Avenue. There will be live music, games, and free coffee and snacks. 10 a.m. to 3 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: Better Streets for Washington Heights Near I-95

The streets where I-95 cuts across Washington Heights see some of the worst traffic congestion in Upper Manhattan. At a DOT workshop tonight, you can weigh in about how to make the area better for walking, biking, and transit.

See the full slate of events on the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Monday: The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Community Board 2 parks committee are hosting a workshop on The Brooklyn Strand, a plan to connect parks, plazas, and streets from Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park. 6 p.m.
  • Also Monday: DOT continues its second round of workshops about creating better biking and walking connections to the Harlem River bridges. This meeting will focus on areas north of the Macombs Dam Bridge. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Monday: DOT hosts a workshop to discuss street safety, bus access, traffic congestion, and sidewalk space near I-95 in Washington Heights (a.k.a. the Trans-Manhattan Expressway). 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Manhattan Community Board 7 transportation committee has a full agenda that will touch on traffic enforcement, signal adjustments to improve pedestrian safety, and recent design changes at the Lincoln Square bowtie. 7 p.m.
  • Friday: Eric Rivers, associate planner at engineering firm Arup, will deliver a talk at the Center for Architecture on pedestrian planning tools, from traditional methods to advanced micro-simulation modeling. 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: Manhattan Traffic, Taming Brooklyn’s Big Streets

The Streetsblog calendar is bursting at the seams this week, with the headline event being Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s hearing on traffic congestion. Much more stuff is on the full Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Tuesday: The 34th Street Partnership is hosting a workshop on the temporary public plaza at 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue. 6 p.m. RSVP required.
  • Also Tuesday: Catch NYC DOT bicycle program coordinator Hayes Lord at a Q&A with the New York Cycle Club about developing the city’s bike network. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT staff will meet with the Brooklyn Community Board 9 transportation committee to discuss a series of safety projects on major streets including Empire Boulevard, Flatbush Avenue, and Ocean Avenue. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Spurred by the summer’s debate over Uber, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is hosting a public hearing on traffic congestion. Expect testimony from city and state agencies, advocates, and transportation companies. 10 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will update the Queens Community Board 14 transportation committee on Project Underway, its proposal to provide more space for walking and biking on Rockaway Freeway, which runs beneath the A train. 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: Tell DOT How to Improve the Harlem River Bridges

It’s a short week, but a busy one. The highlight: Public workshops where you can weigh in on DOT’s effort to improve bicycling and walking across the Harlem River Bridges.

See the full slate of events on the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Today: The Brooklyn Community Board 3 transportation committee will discuss the recent expansion of Citi Bike in Bed-Stuy. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Today: The Manhattan Community Board 3 transportation committee, which covers Chinatown, will meet to discuss curbside intercity bus stops. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: More than a year after voting down requests from local businesses for more bike parking, Brooklyn Community Board 1 will take up bike corrals again at its general board meeting. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: Biking or walking across the Harlem River bridges is not usually a safe or pleasant experience. DOT is hosting another round of workshops as it prepares a plan to upgrade the bridges and nearby streets. This week’s workshops will focus on areas south of the Macombs Dam Bridge. Wednesday’s meeting is in Harlem and Thursday’s is in the Bronx. Both begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Manhattan Community Board 6 transportation committee is meeting to discuss the Move NY toll reform proposal and DOT’s plan to fill in the gap in the First Avenue protected bike lane.

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: The Return of Community Board Season

As summer comes to a close, community boards start to convene again. This week the calendar is filling up with community board discussions of Manhattan plazas, bus lanes, and more.

See the full slate of events on the Streetsblog calendar. Here are the highlights:

  • Monday: Vornado Realty Trust gives an update on the temporary plaza and sidewalk extensions installed near Penn Station to the Manhattan Community Board 5 parks and transportation committees. In June, the committees unanimously endorsed the new pedestrian spaces, which are set to be in place through October. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The Manhattan Community Board 11 transportation committee will hear from DOT about the extension of the Fifth Avenue bus lane from 86th Street to 110th Street. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in June that the bus lane, which carry 74,000 riders daily, would be extended “by the end of the summer.” 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: After countless committee meetings debating the merits of a plaza for Macombs Place at Frederick Douglass Boulevard and W. 150th Street, the proposal, called Bradhurst Plaza, has been sent to the Manhattan Community Board 10 general meeting for a vote. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: The Manhattan Community Board 9 transportation committee returns from its summer break. While an agenda is not yet available, road diets proposed for Broadway and Riverside Drive in West Harlem are expected to be the topic of heated discussion. 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: The Media’s Role in NYC Street Safety

If you believe New York’s local press can do a better job covering traffic violence and street safety issues, the event for you is happening Thursday. The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the American Society of News Editors are putting on a roundtable discussion “about the state of pedestrian safety in NYC, how it’s covered, how we talk about it in our communities, and what further information we seek.” Hear what NYC media pros, including Streetsblog’s Stephen Miller, think about how the press handles traffic safety issues. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Here’s the whole slate of events on the Streetsblog calendar this week:

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