Mark Your Calendars: City Announces Vision Zero Workshops

This afternoon, DOT released the schedule for nine Vision Zero workshops in all five boroughs over the next three months. These workshops build upon the Vision Zero town halls the city is hosting now by asking residents to prioritize street safety initiatives, pinpoint dangerous locations, and discuss solutions with agency staff.

The meetings are intended to inform DOT and NYPD as they develop pedestrian safety plans for each borough. Workshops kick off in Brooklyn before heading to the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and concluding in Staten Island:

  • Thursday, April 24: Brooklyn: Plymouth Church (Hillis Hall), 75 Hicks Street. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 29: Brooklyn: Brooklyn College (Student Center, 2nd Floor), Campus Road and E. 27th Street. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 6: Bronx: Lehman College Music Building (Faculty Dining Room), 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 15: Bronx: Hostos Community College Cafe?, 500 Grand Concourse. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21: Queens: Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Avenue. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 29: Queens: Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 11: Manhattan: Our Lady of Pompeii, 25 Carmine Street. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 16: Manhattan: Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 26: Staten Island: Curtis High School Cafeteria, 105 Hamilton Avenue. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“These workshops are an open call for all citizens looking to shape the future of their neighborhoods,” Transportation Commissioner Trottenberg said in a statement. “Building on a city’s worth of local insight, they will lay the groundwork for streets that work better for everyone.”

  • Ben_Kintisch

    I’m hoping that community board members show up along with the general public. In this new Vision Zero era, we need an end to CB’s voting against life-saving safety measures in their neighborhoods. It’s time to defer to the wisdom of traffic safety professionals, informed by all concerned citizens, to redesign dangerous streets for all road users.

  • Daniel

    I went to a workshop on Franklin Ave earlier this week and at my table there was a CB8 transportation committee member and the CB9 District Manager. There were no CB9 transportation committee members in attendance, but to me this was still promising. For CB8 this is a busy commercial corridor that needs block by block tweaks. For CB9 Franklin Ave is a lot less complicated. There is very light traffic but two narrow lanes. The solution is simple, replace one of the general purpose travel lanes with a bike only lane and increase visibility at the intersections.

  • SI Resident

    Nice to see NYCDOT doesn’t think Staten Island deserves the same opportunities as the rest of the city. Only one workshop at a school that is not easy to get to unless you live in that neighborhood. I know DOT’s planners don’t like to wander too far from the Ferry, but come on! Would have been nice to see a second one in the South Shore.

  • Jeff

    One of the nine workshops, or 11.1%, is in Staten Island. Staten Island represents 5.6% of the population of the city. Staten Island is being plenty well-represented.

  • Clarke

    But if they go, how will they be able to use the “we were never consulted” excuse at the 11th hour?

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