This Week: Amsterdam Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Queens Boulevard

DOT has reportedly modified plans for an Amsterdam Avenue road diet north of 110th Street. On Thursday the project will be presented to CB 9 for the second time. Images: DOT
DOT has reportedly modified plans for an Amsterdam Avenue road diet north of 110th Street. On Thursday the project will be presented to CB 9 for the second time. Images: DOT

In March, DOT presented a plan for an Amsterdam Avenue road diet with painted bike lanes to the Manhattan Community Board 9 transportation committee. The project would stripe bike lanes from 113th Street to 162nd Street, defining space for bicycling but not adding physical protection.

We got word that DOT made changes to the project after it was presented in March, possibly in response to negative feedback from CB 9. You can weigh in when DOT brings the plan back to CB 9 on Thursday.

Two other big street redesign projects are on the calendar: On Wednesday, Queens Community Board 6 will take up the Rego Park phase of DOT’s Queens Boulevard redesign, and on Thursday, DOT goes to Sunset Park for the second workshop about the redesign of Fourth Avenue.

Here are this calendar week’s highlights. Check the full calendar for more info on these and other events.

  • Tuesday: The Manhattan CB 7 transportation committee will discuss the W. 88th Street Citi Bike dock. 250 W. 87th Street. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Earlier this month, the Queens CB 6 transportation committee voted in favor of the next phase of the Queens Boulevard redesign. Now the project goes to the full board. Kew Gardens Community Center, 8002 Kew Gardens Rd # 202. 7 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: DOT will make a presentation on B82 Select Bus Service to the Brooklyn CB 14 transportation committee. The committee will also review an assessment of traffic-calming measures in the south Brooklyn district. 810 E. 16th Street, Brooklyn. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT brings its plan for an Amsterdam Avenue road diet and bike lanes back to Manhattan CB 9. 583 Riverside Drive. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: DOT holds its second public workshop for the Fourth Avenue redesign. I.S. 136, 4004 Fourth Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: DOT and the Brownsville Community Justice Center host the “Be on Belmont” Weekend Walks event. Belmont Avenue will be car-free between Rockaway Avenue and Watkins Street. 2 p.m.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

  • Vooch

    The Amsterdamm Ave. design is sooo 2006, but we’ll take it. Columbia & CCNY students are finally included in something.

  • HamTech87

    Trying to figure something out about 4th Avenue…. Wouldn’t providing dedicated bike signals at every intersection, coupled with a Green Wave for bikes, eliminate the need for motorist turn bays? And aren’t the turn bays (with mixing zones) the design element that reduces car parking? So why not make every intersection like that and have zero reduction in parking? It would be more expensive, but the motorist resistance would be reduced.

  • Christopher Mederos

    unprotected bike lane next to parking is begging for double parked/standing cars in lanes – the most dangerous scenario for bikers. Bikers have to swerve out into traffic lanes with drivers who aren’t being cautious/aware since they aren’t expecting bikes to be outside of lanes. This happens on every road with unprotected lanes next to parking – Houston and Grand are both prime examples. Make it a sharrow or protected lane, anything else is inviting danger

  • Tyson White

    This design makes absolutely no sense! Here’s a better configuration (with NO CHANGE to car lanes):
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d51fd108be791aa3f1c790294746451f6888ef15eb70e44879992b0f8ca8485c.jpg

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