This Week: Better Midtown Avenues, 20 MPH Speed Limits

Topics on the Streetsblog calendar this week include improving Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the heart of Midtown, mapping out the next year of transit advocacy in New York, and a City Council bill to bring 20 mph speed limits to residential streets citywide.

Here are the highlights:

  • Monday: Manhattan Community Board 5’s transportation committee will discuss whether to ask DOT to study Fifth and Sixth Avenues, with an eye toward the addition of protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands. The committee will also discuss asking the local precincts “to more vigorously enforce automobile and bicycle laws.” 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Where do you want to see better bus and train service? Join Riders Alliance for a citywide strategy meeting to help determine the group’s priorities for the coming year. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The final mayoral debate between Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: The City Council’s transportation committee is holding a hearing on several pieces of proposed legislation, including a bill that would set a 20 mph speed limit on residential streets citywide. Public testimony is welcomed at this hearing. 10:00 a.m.

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

  • Anonymous

    Can some of you please give me your best estimate as to how long it will take before individuals from the public are allowed to start speaking at the hearing on Thursday? I really really want to go testify but I will need to be careful about its impact on my work day that day… Thanks!

  • BornAgainBicyclist

    This is why we need better online tools for public comment and general participation at the city level.

  • Bronxite

    Bill to reduce the citywide speed limit to 20 MPH citywide. That’s terrific! This is the first I have heard of this, what is the likelyhood of implementation?

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