This Week: Remembering Michael Ameri

When he was commanding officer of the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, the late Michael Ameri made the streets around his precinct house function better for walking and biking, and he started up monthly public meetings devoted to street safety issues. Later today, Ameri, who committed suicide earlier this month, will be remembered at a ceremony preceding the 78th Precinct Community Council meeting.

For neighborhood residents, it’s a chance to pay respects to an officer who made a contribution to safer streets — and to press the precinct to continue his legacy. The 78th is where cyclist James Gregg was struck and killed by an off-route truck driver in April. The community council meeting is an opportunity to discuss what the precinct is doing to deter dangerous driving and how those efforts will be sustained in the long run, not just in the aftermath of a tragic death.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of events.

  • Today: In conjunction with tonight’s 78th Precinct Community Council meeting, activists and elected officials will remember NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: NYC EDC and DOT host a BQX Streetcar forum in Williamsburg. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and DDC will update the Manhattan CB 8 transportation committee on Safe Routes to Schools projects. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: The Transportation Research Forum hosts a talk on MTA benchmarking — i.e. measuring performance compared to other transit agencies — with Maeve Clements of New York City Transit. 11:45 a.m. Registration required.
  • Saturday: The Queens Bike Initiative holds a “Women’s Biking 101” event for women who want to get comfortable riding on NYC streets. Registration is free. FAQs and more info here. 8:30 a.m.

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

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