This Week in Livable Streets Events

Plenty of opportunities on the calendar this week to brainstorm the future of urban design. There’s also a chance to weigh in on present-day improvements to Broadway — and to choose the city’s next comptroller and public advocate.

  • Tuesday: Primary day runoffs. Remember to vote! Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: At this month’s Auto-Free New York meeting, John Rozankowski speaks
    about the idea of putting the subway and bus systems under city
    control. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: The DOT is gauging public reaction to car-free spaces on
    Broadway from 59th St. to 23rd St. Got an opinion about the new
    Times Square, Herald Square or Madison Square? Be part of the conversation at today’s public feedback session. 10 a.m.
  • Thursday: Details are still murky, but the two-day IBM Smarter Cities Conference gets underway
    today. Among the speakers are Robert D. Yaro of the Regional Plan Association, Kathryn
    Wylde of the Partnership for New York City, and Petra Todorovich of
    America 2050.
  • Thursday: The Municipal Art Society exhibit "Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design
    After the Age of Oil"
    opens with a reception from 6:30 – 8 p.m. This
    had been a members-only reception, but limited
    spots for the general public are now available. The exhibit will be on display through
    December 4.
  • Sunday: The Atlantic Antic hosts the 16th Annual New York Transit Museum Bus Festival. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

  • Larry Littlefield

    Don’t forget the opening of the historic Poughkeepsie railroad bridge as a walkway and bikeway over the Hudson, a considerable achievement.

    http://walkway.org/

  • J

    Also, CB7 transportation committee on the Upper West Side is having a meeting tomorrow and bike lanes are #2 on the agenda. DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione, and DOT Coordinator of Bike Programs Josh Benson will be there. This is a pretty big deal.

    At the meeting last Tuesday regarding the West Side Manhattan Transportation Study, Forgione said that DOT is looking to build out the bike master plan in the UWS and is looking for direction from CB7. This is the time to go and speak up for protected lanes on Columbus, Amsterdam, and Broadway. She said they were definitely open to ideas, including which avenues should even get lanes.

  • Actually, Larry, the idea of taking a perfectly good railroad bridge across a river that desperately needs more train crossings and turning it into a pedestrian and bike walkway is not anything I’m going to be celebrating. Furthermore, cultivating a new constituency that will actively oppose any attempt to reactivate train service across the bridge is pretty lousy.

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