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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.

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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.