This Week: City Council Considers Greenfield’s Dirty Streets Bill

James Vacca and the City Council Transportation Committee continue to tackle the pressing issues facing our streets and transit system. Among the legislation getting a hearing at this week’s transpo committee meeting is a bill from Brooklyn Council Member David Greenfield that would ban city agencies from placing adhesive stickers on motor vehicles. The Department of Sanitation uses stickers to shame alt-side parking violators who block the path of street sweepers. The likely outcome if Greenfield’s bill passes: dirtier streets and sidewalks.

Also on the Streetsblog calendar: Bike-share outreach comes to Manhattan Community Board 8 — find out how a public bike system will benefit the Upper East Side.

  • Happy Halloween! Today is one of the biggest days of the year for foot traffic.
  • Tuesday: The City Council Transportation Committee holds a hearing on Greenfield’s dirty streets bill and a pair of bills requiring DOT to report on pothole repair and pavement conditions. 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: NYC DOT presents an overview of the city’s bike-share initiative to CB 8. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: DOT continues the public planning process for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, gathering feedback on the greenway route through Downtown Brooklyn. See where the current proposal for this segment stands and give your opinion. 6:30 p.m.
  • More on Wednesday: Learn about the options for improving transit access to LaGuardia Airport, currently served by five relatively slow bus routes, at an open house hosted by the MTA, NYC DOT and Port Authority. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Share your ideas for improving pedestrian safety on Brooklyn’s Park Avenue with the Myrtle Avenue Restoration Project at a public workshop. Suggestions from the workshop will be presented to city agencies. 6 p.m.
  • Friday: The all-day BitCity Conference at Columbia University examines how data and technology can enhance city transportation systems. Speakers include NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and former TLC Commissioner Matthew Daus. Program begins at 8:30 a.m.

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

  • That CB8 meeting on Wednesday night could use some smart, courteous bike-friendly people in attendance.

  • Isaac B

    I wish Council-member Greenfield took a look at his own backyard and saw the havoc that comes from handing the streets willy-nilly to cars and motorists and that it does not need to be that way.
     
    He could contrast the quality of life on his neighborhood’s streets on the Sabbath (when few cars are about and most of his constituents do fine walking) and that of a Sunday afternoon, when his Borough Park becomes a tangle of honking, jostling 2,000 pound shopping carts (with school buses trying to get through).
     
    Most of the errands run in his neighborhood could likely be made on foot just as easily, and with less stress to the wallet, the environment and to neighbors’ senses. Do he and his constituents not understand, that with space at a premium, parking regulations are a way to insure that motorists “play fair” and share the resources?
     
    May I appeal to Mr. Greenfield’s self-interest? His constituency is one who’s (admirably) perpetually concerned about how to raise enough money to feed the needy, educate the young and care for the infirm. Consider how much extra cash would stay in the community if it wasn’t bleeding out the door to the auto-industrial complex.

  • Marshall McLovin

    @isaacbrumer:disqus :

    Not to mention, Mr. Greenfield’s community also has an interest in giving less of their hard-earned money to the oil-producing Arab monarchies and dictatorships that keep the gas-guzzlers moving, albeit slowly, through Borough Park’s hellishly traffic-choked streets.

  • Perplexed

    Nice to see that Vacca and friends will hold hearings this week to protect scofflaws from having stickers placed on their windows, and to grandstand with DOT while making silly demands about pothole repairs.

    Demanding that Ray Kelly and the NYPD actually enforce traffic regulations and give a flying f**k about cyclists and pedestrians who get run down by lawbreaking, reckless drivers?  Not so much.

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