Thursday, July 10, 2008

QB Bike Lane Part 2

From yesterday's Metro Newspaper:

Manhattan. New York City and Burlington, Vt., were the only Northeast cities to be recognized as a “bicycle friendly community,” and in a press release yesterday, the Department of Transportation touted the progress it’s made over the past 12 months. The DOT has installed 1,000 bike parking racks and four protected parking shelters, giving away 12,000 bike helmets and 200,000 redesigned bike maps, and installing 70 new bike lane miles. Next year, the DOT will create 90 new lane miles.

Then I walk down the streets of Forest Hills and almost get run over by bikes because they understandably don't want to get run over by cars. Forest Hills is completely behind the curve of the NYC biking initiative - none of those 160 bike lane miles are planned for Forest Hills as far as I know. It's something we need work on because when it comes to bikes, the DOT thinks Forest Hills is still inhabited only by elderly Jewish Q60 riders.

That brings us to Monday July 14th. That's the day the Transportation Alternatives holds its next meeting. From Queens Committee Chair, Mike Heffron:

The Queens Committee meets the second Monday of each month at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 35-20 Broadway 4th Fl in Astoria from 6:30p-8p. Our next meet is July 14th and you reach the Queens at heffronmike@gmail.com with questions about the group.

If you don't know what Transportation Alternatives is, neither do I. It's got something to do with Streetsblog.org, which is in bed with Street Films, and is tied into the Livable Streets Movement, who knows. But they have a huge staff and great website and seem to have the DOT's number since every time they do a study, the DOT addresses the problem - dangerous intersections, peak rate meters, public plazas, everything (except Congestion Pricing).

Anyway on the July 14th agenda is a bike lane on Queens Blvd. Wouldn't it be great to bike down the center and get to the Kew Gardens theater or the Flagship Diner. Or the upcoming Century 21 in Rego Park? Or even all the way into the Museum of the Moving Image? It would mean so much to that deadly and depressing thoroughfare.

And if that's not enough, please read this recent comment as left by Asif Rahman's mother left on the "A Bike Lane on Queens Blvd" thread:

Blogger lizi_rahman said...

Hi, this is Asif's mother. As I mentioned earlier Asif always assured me there are bike lanes all over the city and he carried a bike lane map with him, I thought he was somewhat safe. But after his accident I was shocked to see there is no bike lane on Queens Blvd. If there was a bike lane, may be it would be a different story. Now I'm pressing to get a bike lane on Queens Boulevard for the safety of other bikers, but seems like I'm not going anywhere. I've collected signatures for a petition for a bike lane, met some councilmembers, wrote to department of transportation. Has anyone got an idea how can I make my voice heard?


So please make an attempt to join Mike on July 14th at 6:30. If you can't make it, please email him at heffronmike@gmail.com and ask how to help. Mike, any details you have about the meeting and about the QB bike lane, please post in the comments or email me. Thanks.