This Week: Lafayette Avenue Bike Lane, Park Slope 20 MPH Zone

Having set up a process for neighborhoods to request 20 mph zones, the city Department of Transportation has sparked a citywide discussion about appropriate traffic speeds on residential streets. That discussion will come to Park Slope this weekend in a public forum held by the Park Slope Civic Council weighing the merits of a slow speed zone and how it might be implemented in that neighborhood.

Also: Tonight the transportation committee of Brooklyn Community Board 2 will consider a proposal from local residents to stripe a bike lane on Lafayette Avenue, and the city’s extensive public outreach for its bike-share program continues, with discussions in both English and Spanish.

  • Today: James Vacca’s City Council Transportation Committee won’t discuss the MTA budget, but will tackle four separate ways to make it more convenient to park illegally. 1:00 p.m.
  • Tonight: Brooklyn CB 2’s transportation committee discusses the proposal for a bike lane on Lafayette Avenue, which has 1,400 signatures supporting it. 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Manhattan Community Board 4’s transportation committee discusses both bike-share and bike lanes. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: A panel hosted by the Women’s City Club tackles the funding challenges facing the MTA’s capital program. 12:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: The Department of Transportation continues its bike-share outreach with a Spanish-language presentation at Grand Street Settlement 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Park Slope Civic Council discusses whether, where, and how to bring 20 mph zones to the neighborhood. 11:45 a.m.

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

  • Also tonight: view the winning entries for the Close the Gap Design competition at a reception and exhibition at Baruch College.  See ten different visions of a continuous East River Greenway selected from submissions by more than 70 leading international designers and architects.  Get a sneak peek at the winning entries here:

    http://www.d3space.org/closethegap/

    And did I mention there will be beer?

    Sponsored by Transportation Alternatives’ East Side Committee and design firm d3.

    Opening Reception: January 17, 6-8pm
    CUNY Baruch College
    Newman Library Lobby
    151 East 25th Street
    New York, NY

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