Meant to get the word out on this earlier but forgot - for those who've been following the bike corral controversy, the Community Board 8 Transportation Committee meets tonight at 7pm at the CNR Light Healthcare Center (727 Classon Ave). The corral is on the agenda.
Updated: ILFA tagged along, and will post some thoughts soon. Prospect Heights Patch has an accurate blow-by-blow of the meeting posted here. The board voted unanimously to approve their previous decision to recommend the placement of the bike corral, with three additional stipulations for the Department of Transportation: they asked them to consider turning the now-defunct meters along Franklin between St. Johns and Eastern Parkway into bike racks, to install metered parking north of St. Johns so as to free up parking for those with cars visiting local merchants and churches, and to report back on the usage and progress of the bike corral in the spring, either at their May or June meeting. While this last point was somewhat lost in the shuffle, one can't help but wonder whether such a "let's give it a shot and see if it works" formulation, more fully communicated and discussed, might have averted much of the polarization around this issue.
The full Community Board will hear comment and vote on the transit committee's recommendation at their February meeting, which takes place on Thursday, February 14th at the Calvary Community Church on St. John's and Buffalo (it's worth noting that these votes are purely advisory - the DOT makes the final decision regarding their streets). In addition the Crow Hill Community Association will devote a portion of their February meeting (Thursday, February 19, at 7:30pm at 725 Franklin Avenue) to discussion of this issue, in the interest of giving the diversity of opinions about this issue another local hearing (after the fact, but not for nothing, either).