BY LUIS GRONDA
It is all systems go to bring bike lanes to parts of Community Board 5.
Phase one of the proposal was approved with a 29-5 vote by CB5 at their monthly meeting last week.
The green light means bike lanes will be installed in parts of Ridgewood and Glendale, with more lanes for the rest of CB5 to be voted on at a later date.
The approved lanes will run on several major streets, including Onderdonk and Woodward Avenues and Himrod Street. The new bike lanes will connect to the already-existing bike paths in Brooklyn, giving bicyclists a more direct route between the two boroughs in the future.
The next phase of the project will look at proposed bike lanes in Maspeth and Middle Village, which could bring more lanes to areas such as Grand Avenue, Fresh Pond Road and the streets adjacent to Juniper Valley Park.
Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5, said approving the lanes will benefit both bicyclists and drivers.
“Hopefully, it will make conditions safer for bicyclists and motorists,” he said. “To have something designated for bicyclists will make drivers more aware of where they are.”
Giordano said they, along with the Depts. Of Transportation and City Planning, are still looking at phase two of the project. Part of the problem with that phase is figuring out if it is feasible to put a lane on the portion of Eliot Avenue that runs down Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The district manager said the road would probably be too narrow to create a bike lane there because it would endanger bicyclists. One possible way to get around that, Giordano said, is to create a bike lane on 69th Street off of Eliot Avenue down to Metropolitan Avenue and back to Eliot and Fresh Pond Road.
There is no timetable to approve the second phase of the project, he said.
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