This Week: Tell de Blasio and DOT to Make 111th Street Safer

Last year DOT unveiled a redesign of 111th Street, a dangerous speedway that separates Corona residents from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The DOT plan — for fewer car traffic lanes, expanded medians, new crosswalks, and a two-way protected bike lane adjacent to the park — was developed in response to a grassroots campaign. It has the backing of Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, but Queens Community Board 4 has failed to endorse the project, and Assembly Member Francisco Moya is determined to torpedo safety improvements for the street.

DOT could implement the project over objections from CB 4 and Moya if it chooses to. Tomorrow local residents and Ferreras-Copeland will again call on Mayor de Blasio and DOT to make 111th Street safer, at a morning rally outside City Hall.

See the calendar for complete listings. Here are this week’s highlights:

  • Tuesday: Mothers and families from Corona and Jackson Heights will demand that Mayor de Blasio take action on delayed safety improvements planned for 111th Street with a rally at City Hall. 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Transportation Alternatives hosts the Bike Friendly Astoria Workshop, to identify potential improvements for safer cycling and walking in the neighborhood. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: The Manhattan Community Board 8 transportation committee will look at proposed Select Bus Service for the M79, review service on the year-old M86 SBS route, and address the two recent pedestrian fatalities at 71st Street and Third Avenue. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The City Council transportation committee holds an oversight hearing on improving city bus service. Public testimony will be accepted. 10 a.m.

Check the calendar for updates, and drop us a line if there’s an event we should know about.


Francisco Moya’s 111th Street Proposals Are Going Nowhere

Assembly Member Francisco Moya was in no rush to let his constituents know about the town hall meeting he ran at St. Leo’s Parish on Monday evening about the proposed redesign of 111th Street in Corona. No wonder: The event was an elaborate ploy to stop a street safety project that neighborhood advocates have worked long and […]