This Week: Traffic-Calming in Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan

If you haven’t yet decided whom you’ll be voting for tomorrow, have a look at our comprehensive guide to where the mayoral candidates stand on critical transportation issues. While the primaries are no doubt the biggest event of the week, here’s what else is happening on the Streetsblog Calendar:

  • Today: The transportation committee of Brooklyn Community Board 9 will discuss what issues should be considered for the reconstruction of Empire Boulevard, which will include traffic and safety enhancements at Utica and Washington Avenues. 7 p.m.
  • Today: The redesign of Fourth Avenue and DOT speed camera sitings are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Brooklyn Community Board 10 transpo committee, which will also hear from NYS DOT on the rehabilitation of the 69th Street Bridge over the Belt Parkway. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Vote!
  • Wednesday: Responding to locals’ concerns about speeding motorists, DOT will present plans for traffic-calming on Morningside Avenue in Morningside Heights. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: At a Rudin Center breakfast event called “Looking Ahead: A Context for the Next Twenty Year Needs,” William Wheeler, MTA director of special project development and planning, will talk about changing ridership patterns and growing demand for transit. 8:30 a.m. RSVP requested.
  • Saturday: There are two car-free Weekend Walks events this weekend. The first is on Hamilton Place between W. 136th and 137th Streets in Manhattan, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by the Columbus Avenue BID.
  • Sunday: The Montague Street BID hosts Summer Space from noon to 5 p.m., on Montague between Clinton and Hicks Streets.

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


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CB 7 asked DOT to do better than painted bike lanes on 110th Street, depicted above. Image: DOT

This Week: DOT’s Revised Plans for 110th Street Bike Lanes

In June, DOT proposed painted bike lanes for 110th Street between Riverside Drive and Frederick Douglass Circle, at the northwest corner of Central Park. Members of Manhattan Community Board 7 said that wasn't good enough, asking DOT to come back with a design that protects cyclists from motorized traffic. On Tuesday, DOT will come back to CB 7 with its revised design. If you want 110th Street to be safe for New Yorkers of all abilities to bike on, it's important to show up.

Brooklyn to Bloomberg: Include Local Stakeholders in Planning

Below is a letter from the Park Slope Civic Council to Mayor Bloomberg and local elected representatives regarding the City’s plan to transform Sixth and Seventh Avenue’s into one-way streets. It’s lengthy but it’s worth a read (and full disclosure: I’m a trustee of the Civic Council): Park Slope Civic Council March 7, 2007 Dear […]