This Week: Make the Myrtle-Wyckoff Intersection Safe for People

Two years ago, hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue on the Ridgewood-Bushwick border to remember 23-year-old Ella Bandes, who was killed by a turning MTA bus driver there in 2013, and call for a safer street design.

After a first round of improvements proved ineffective, DOT has a plan for more significant changes — including a new pedestrian plaza — that will dramatically simplify turning movements, eliminating conflicts between drivers and pedestrians. There are two events related to the project this week: a public workshop in Brooklyn on Wednesday, and a temporary plaza at the site on Saturday.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of events.

  • Tuesday: The National Association of City Transportation Officials marks the release of its new Transit Street Design Guide with a panel discussion at the Transit Museum featuring representatives from the MTA, DOT, and TransitCenter. Tickets are $10. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT holds its second public workshop on the redesign of the dangerous Myrtle-Wyckoff intersection, straddling the Brooklyn-Queens border. This week’s workshop is in Bushwick, following an earlier one in Ridgewood. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council will release its updated list of regional transportation projects eligible for federal funding, called Plan 2045, later this year. NYMTC will be collecting feedback from Bronx residents at two events at the Bronx Museum of Arts. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Head over to Myrtle-Wyckoff for a one-day pilot of DOT’s proposed pedestrian plaza. DOT staff will be on hand to answer questions and take comments. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updates and drop us a line if you’ve got an event you’d like to add.

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