This Week: DOT Wants Your Input on Protected Bike Lanes for Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue

DOT rendering of protected bike lanes on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.
DOT rendering of protected bike lanes on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.

This week DOT continues its series of public workshops on the plan to add protected bike lanes to Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue, which connects Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, and Park Slope.

Crashes markedly declined on Fourth after DOT installed a road diet in 2012, bringing a modicum of order to what was six lanes of speeding motorized traffic. As the city prepared to make the new configuration permanent, City Council Member Carlos Menchaca encouraged DOT to include protected bike lanes.

The public got its first look at the draft redesign in the spring. DOT has said it intends to conduct extensive outreach for the project, and on Wednesday the agency will solicit feedback in Sunset Park.

Here are this calendar week’s highlights. Check the full calendar for more info on these and other events.

  • Today: Join Riders Alliance to strategize on holding Andrew Cuomo accountable for the subway system he runs. Click for RSVP info and other details. 6 p.m.
  • Also today: The Manhattan CB 6 transportation committee will hear from DOT about a project to reconfigure E. 33rd Street between First and Second avenues. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Transportation Alternatives will train budding activists on the workings of NYC government. RSVP required. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The Manhattan CB 7 transportation committee will discuss restoring the 96th Street exit from the southbound Henry Hudson Parkway and relocating a West End Avenue Citi Bike station. 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: DOT hosts a workshop on adding protected bike lanes to Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue. Contact info and event specifics here. 6:30 p.m.

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

 

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