This Week: Make Your Case for the 14th Street PeopleWay

Without the L train, 14th Street will need a lot more dedicated space for buses. Image: BRT Planning International
Without the L train, 14th Street will need a lot more dedicated space for buses. Image: BRT Planning International

Later this year, DOT and the MTA will release their plan to keep people moving when the western section of the L train is taken out of service for 18 months of Sandy-related repairs. Hundreds of thousands of subway trips will be affected each day.

The agencies are holding a series of public workshops to inform the plan — this is your chance to speak up for transit-priority streets, protected bikeways, and expanded pedestrian space. This Thursday the action comes to the east side of 14th Street. You can RSVP for the workshop via Transportation Alternatives.

Streetsblog calendar highlights below. Check the full calendar for more info on these and other events.

  • Today: The Manhattan Community Board 6 transportation committee will get an update on DOT projects in the district and review a survey on hazardous intersections conducted by the board. NYU Medical Center, Coles 101, 550 First Avenue, Manhattan. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: DOT’s series of citywide transit planning workshops continues with an event in Harlem. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th Street, Second Floor. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: RPA hosts a forum on what NYC can learn from other cities about building a streetcar line, with keynote speaker Earl Blumenauer. Brooklyn Law School’s Forchelli Conference Center, 205 State Street, 22nd Floor, Brooklyn. 6 p.m. Space is limited. Email to RSVP.
  • Wednesday: DOT will discuss proposed safety improvements to Franklin Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Empire Boulevard with the Brooklyn CB 9 transportation committee. DOT shelved a plan for a road diet and bike lane on this segment on Franklin in 2014, after CB 9 voted against it. Crown Gardens Community Room, 1185 Carroll Street, Brooklyn. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and the MTA host a public forum on the L train shutdown. Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E. 14th Street. 7 p.m. RSVP here.

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


Fifth Avenue is the most heavily cycled southbound avenue in Manhattan, even though it doesn’t have a protected bikeway. Image: Google Maps

This Week: See the DOT Fifth Avenue Bikeway Plan

On Thursday, DOT will reveal its plan for a protected bike lane on Fifth Avenue. Fifth gets more bike traffic than any other southbound avenue in Manhattan, according to DOT bike counts, and New Yorkers have been asking the city to make it a complete street for years. DOT committed to studying a redesign in 2014.