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This Week: Street Safety, Transit Experts, and a Trip to Albany

2:21 PM EST on February 3, 2014

It's a big week to get involved with neighborhood efforts to improve street safety: A community board in Bedford Stuyvesant will mull a 20 mph neighborhood speed zone, Brownsville residents will figure out where they want better walking and biking, and the Boerum Hill Association will host a traffic safety forum, followed by a Park Slope Street Safety Partnership meeting.

Plus, a heads up about an important chance next week to ask your legislators in Albany for safer walking and biking. Here are the details:

    • Monday: Brooklyn Community Board 3 will discuss plans for a neighborhood 20 mph zone in parts of Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant. 7:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Saturday: DOT, the Department of Health, and community groups are hosting a further round of planning workshops for Brownsville residents to weigh in on where they'd like to see new bike lanes and pedestrian safety upgrades. 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and 11:00 a.m. Saturday.
    • Tuesday: Join the Boerum Hill Association for a traffic safety forum, covering everything from crossing guards to slow zones. 7:00 p.m.
    • More Tuesday: The Department of City Planning is hosting a meeting for the public to provide feedback on DCP's recommendations to improve transportation in Red Hook. 6:00 p.m.
    • Also Tuesday: Join Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives, Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute, Jim O'Grady of WNYC, Owen Gutfreund of Hunter College and Jeff Zupan of the Regional Plan Association for a discussion of the future of transportation in New York City. 6:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday: Transit blogger Ben Kabak of Second Avenue Sagas will lead a conversation with Bill Amarosa, New York City Transit’s Manager of Ridership & Revenue Analysis, on subway ridership and station usage. 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday: Manhattan Community Board 2's transportation committee will discuss recommendations from DOT’s Bowery-Houston-Bleecker Transportation Study and request pedestrian-friendly signal changes at Lafayette and Kenmare Streets and 8th Street at Fifth Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
    • More Thursday: Transit consultant Jarrett Walker will be speaking at the New School on how plentiful, reliable public transit can give people freedom. 6:30 p.m.
    • Also Thursday: The Park Slope Street Safety Partnership will host a meeting for residents concerned about injuries and fatalities in the neighborhood. 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: Join the Transportation Alternatives Bronx volunteer committee on a ride to kick off a new campaign to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety along Westchester Avenue. 11:00 a.m.
    • More Saturday: Riders Alliance is hosting a brunch for Crown Heights residents to learn more about how they can get involved in the effort to win better bus service in their neighborhood. 12:00 noon.
    • Next Week: Join advocates from across the state in Albany on Tuesday to meet your state legislators and ask them to dedicate funding to bicycle and pedestrian projects, revise state policies, and re-establish the state's bike-pedestrian advisory committee.

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

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