More bike lanes coming to western Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo
THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

Community Board 5 is getting closer to riding on six new bike routes in the district.

The wheels are turning in the right direction for one community’s push to get more bike lanes.

At a recent Community Board (CB5) Transportation Committee meeting, the Department of City Planning (DCP) revealed a list of streets that could have bike lanes in place by early 2014.

The DCP is looking to add six potential new routes to the area and streets that are under consideration are Eliot Avenue, Juniper Boulevard South, Central Avenue, Cooper Avenue, Woodward Avenue, Onderdonk Avenue, 80th Street and 69th Street.

Currently, there are a few lanes in the district, which encompasses Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village and Glendale, but hardly any at all that connect the bike-friendly neighborhoods surrounding the district to the north in Sunnyside and Long Island City, and parts of northern Brooklyn.

Map courtesy of DOT

“If you look at the bike map right now there is a big hole where Community Board 5 is,” said Donald Passantino, a member of the CB 5 Transportation Committee and an avid bike rider. “Part of this is that these [lanes] are supposed to connect with other neighborhoods.”

The board requested new lanes throughout the community last year through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The request was then turned over to City Planning, which has been assessing streets that the community recommended for new bike lanes.

Now the DCP will review bike planning practices with the DOT and continue to analyze the most practical streets for lanes, and then in the coming weeks meet with the community again to get additional input, according to a DCP representative.

“The real advantage of bike lanes more than anything else is that they calm traffic,” Passantino said. “The [street] looks narrower, which forces cars to drive slower and cuts down on deaths.”

City Planning will meet with the community board members again this month to talk about potential lanes.

Community Board 5 Bike Lane Street Design Presentation

 

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  • Lou tognan

    Just look at queens. A dearth of bike lanes throughout the eastern and central sections entirely. What are the barriers? Community Boards refusing? City Planning overly Manhattan and Brooklyn Centric? What about Flushing, Auburndale, bayside, Oakland gardens, Fresh meadows! Etc. etc. etc. We pay taxes too.

  • gasper mastrobuoni

    why don’t people vote on bike lanes instead of bearucrats shoving these rules down our throats

  • George

    Eliot Avenue? That’s insane if the bike lane goes between the cemeteries.

  • vincent t

    The bicycleists should be licensed,bikes registered and insured.Also a 200.00 a year road usage fee should be applied.That’s called paying your fair share.

  • PWBNYC

    Gasper: The bureaucrats didn’t shove anything down anyone’s throat. This effort was led by the Community Board who are all volunteers and neighbors of yours. They then held an open community forum for people in the community to come, listen and share their views.

    Vincent: I pay plenty of taxes. To suggest I should pay even more to use a vehicle that doesn’t pollute, doesn’t create potholes, doesn’t kill hundreds of our fellow New Yorkers every year, and makes me healthier (saving everyone on health care costs) is absurd and completely lacks any perspective.

    George: the section through the cemetery is a challenge, but if they work with the cemetery there is room to widen the space and add the bikelane. The rest of Eliot is very wide and is the perfect place for a bikelane. They need to add Grand and Flushing Avenues to this list as well as both can easily accomodate bike lanes and are important connector streets to Brooklyn.

    At base everyone’s comments here are car centric. Bikes are vehicles too. More and more people are using them for transportation. Its valid, healthy, non-polluting and since most trips by New Yorkers are under 3 miles, its a very convenient (and actually in most cases faster) way to get around.