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This Week: 31st Ave. Bike Route, Citi Bike Expansion in Brooklyn

Update: This vote has been postponed. Tomorrow, Queens Community Board 1 will decide whether to endorse a DOT plan for the beginnings of an east-west bike route, consisting of bike lanes and sharrows, on 31st Avenue. This phase would run between Vernon Boulevard and the BQE, with a second phase extending to the Flushing Bay Promenade.

Local volunteers with the Queens Bike Initiative advocated for the project, which has passed the CB 1 transportation committee. But some committee members, including chair Bob Piazza, are against the plan. Since DOT rarely implements street safety projects over a community board's objection, this meeting is an important moment for supporters to make their case.

Here are more highlights this week -- full event listings are on the Streetsblog calendar.

    • Today: Manhattan CB 4, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried will host a town hall on the Port Authority Bus Terminal expansion. 6:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday: Queens CB 1 will vote on proposed bike lanes for 31st Avenue. 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday: The MTA will hold a hearing on its plan to split the M5 into separate routes. The hearing will last from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Also Wednesday: The Manhattan CB 4 transportation committee will discuss M23 Select Bus Service and a bike corral proposed for 710 Ninth Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday: The agenda for the Brooklyn CB 6 transportation committee includes DOT's plan to replace the Union Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal and an update on plans to expand Citi Bike in the district, which includes Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Cobble Hill.
    • Saturday: Times Plaza -- the triangle formed by Atlantic, Flatbush, and Fourth avenues -- is surrounded by some of Brooklyn’s deadliest intersections. Join the People First on Atlantic Avenue team to ask people where they feel most threatened, and how they’d like to improve safety. 11 a.m.

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

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