This Week: Community Boards, Pedestrian Planning, Bike Films

If you’re into bikes-in-buildings and community boards — and really, who isn’t — there are two deadlines coming up for events to be held next Monday. A cycling PSA film fest, bike rack siting and a couple of pedestrian events round out the week.

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

  • The directions for those those seeking to give a statement at the Nov. 23 hearing on bicycle access in buildings are missing info on how to reach Ass’t Commissioner McKenna. Her phone number is 212-839-4478, you can call her and just tell her you are giving a statement; that’s all there is to it.

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