This Week: Speak Up for Queens Blvd, Chrystie St Bike Lanes

Tomorrow, community boards will weigh in on on major DOT street safety projects planned for Manhattan and Queens.

The Manhattan CB 3 transportation committee is expected to vote on plans for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street, and the full board of Queens CB 4 is scheduled to vote on a bikeway and other upgrades included in phase two of DOT’s Queens Boulevard project.

Community board votes are meant to be advisory, but DOT rarely implements street safety projects in the absence of a board endorsement. As always, it’s important that people who want safer streets make their voices heard at these meetings.

Check the Streetsblog calendar for the full list of the week’s events.

  • Tuesday: DOT will present final design plans for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street from Canal Street to Houston to the Manhattan CB 3 transportation committee. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Brooklyn Bicycle Company hosts “Bike Riding IRL.” Hear from a panel of New Yorkers on what it’s really like to ride in NYC — and enjoy free food, drinks, and prizes. RSVP requested. 6:30 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: DOT is proposing robust safety improvements on Queens Boulevard between 74th Street and Eliot Avenue, including protected bike lanes, more pedestrian space, and intersection safety improvements. On Tuesday DOT will present its plans to the Queens CB 4 full board. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT is holding a public meeting on transportation issues in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, including pedestrian safety, trucks, mobility and accessibility, and parking management. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Transportation Alternatives continues its campaign to get the city to make safety improvements on Atlantic Avenue with “Friday Night Lights.” See how many people walk the dangerous intersection of Atlantic and Franklin Avenue, and why the crossing needs to be fixed. 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Join East Brooklyn Biking to inaugurate the 28 miles of new bike lanes in East New York and Brownsville. An introduction and ribbon-cutting will be followed by a community bike ride, the first of several cycling-related activities planned for the coming months. 11 a.m.

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