This Week: Queens Boulevard, 4th Avenue, and TransAlt’s Vision Zero Conference

DOT’s plan for a 24-block protected bikeway on Seventh Avenue, to be presented to Manhattan CB 2 this week. Image: DOT
DOT’s plan for a 24-block protected bikeway on Seventh Avenue, to be presented to Manhattan CB 2 this week. Image: DOT

The first week of Bike Month is incredibly busy on the Streetsblog calendar, with public meetings about several major street safety projects, plus Transportation Alternatives’ national Vision Zero Cities conference.

Later today, DOT will present the third phase of the Queens Boulevard redesign to Queens Community Board 6. The first two phases have add protected bike lanes and safer pedestrian crossings to 2.5 miles of the biggest street in New York’s biggest borough. The next phase will extend the redesign east to Rego Park, and Council Member Karen Koslowitz has been wavering on this one — so if you use this section of Queens Boulevard, tonight’s meeting is an important one to attend.

On Tuesday, DOT will host the first of two public workshops showing the design for protected bike lanes on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. Ahead of a major capital project planned for this year, local residents and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca pressed DOT to include a safe bikeway on Fourth, which is the most direct route connecting Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, and Park Slope.

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

  • Today: DOT presents the plan for a safer Queens Boulevard in Rego Park. 104-01 Metropolitan Ave, Flushing. 7:15 p.m.
  • Also today: Streetsblog publisher Mark Gorton and TransAlt director Paul Steely White discuss how New York can take bold steps to make city streets truly welcoming and safe for cycling. Get tickets here. Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Joralemon Street. 6:30
  • Tuesday: DOT holds the first of two public workshops on the plan to install protected bike lanes on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 249 Ninth Street, Brooklyn. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: It’s the Transportation Alternatives Vision Zero Cities Conference, featuring Mayor Bill de Blasio, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Tamika Butler, and others. Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, Manhattan. This event is sold out.
  • Thursday: DOT will present plans for the Seventh Avenue protected bike lane in the West Village to the Manhattan CB 2 transportation committee. The CB 4 transportation committee endorsed its section of the project last month. 32 Waverly Place. 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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This Week: Amsterdam Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Queens Boulevard

Three big street redesign projects are on the calendar. Queens Community Board 6 will take up the Rego Park phase of DOT's Queens Boulevard redesign; Manhattan CB 9 will get a look at a revised plan for bike lanes and road diet on Amsterdam Avenue north of 110th Street; and DOT goes to Sunset Park for the second workshop about the redesign of Fourth Avenue.