BY YVETTE BROWN
The City Department of Transportation proposed new bike lanes in East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights that will eventually connect Flushing Promenade to the Socrates Sculpture Park.
According to the Queens Bike Initiative, the proposed lanes, which were introduced at a meeting of Community Board 3 on Tuesday, are the first step of a bike loop in Queens, which will connect parks and neighborhoods. Some of the goals proposed to CB 3, by the DOT, aim to build a neighborhood network which will connect to the existing routes and improve access to Greenway and the waterfront destinations.
The lanes will run along 31st and 32nd avenues. The proposal showed that along 31st Avenue, there will be an installation of eastbound bike lane markings from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to 101st Street, then an installation of westbound bike lane markings from 73rd Street to the BQE. The westbound shared lane markings will be installed from 101st Street to 73rd Street. There will also be an installation of north and southbound bike lane markings from 31st Avenue to 34th Avenue along 74th and 75th streets.
DOT proposed an installation of westbound bike lanes along 32nd Avenue from 108th Street to 74th Street. Along 27th Avenue, there will be shared east and westbound lane markings from 100th Street to Ditmars Boulevard.
To accommodate for pedestrian safety, DOT has proposed to add high visibility crosswalks and upgrade the stop bars to bring the intersections to standard.
According to the DOT, the bike route will connect to existing networks in west and central Queens and the East River and Flushing Bay waterfronts, it will create safer conditions for cyclists, organize roadway users, maintain roadway capacity and provide a transportation alternative in an area that is underserved by the subway system. The DOT said the route will not affect parking or travel lanes for drivers.
“It’s great and I think that its really looking to the future and once completed, we’re going to have a route between parks and we’ll help to unite those parks and bring communities together and it’s going to be a safe route and one that people will want to take advantage of, so I think it’s a really great thing for the Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Astoria community,” said Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who worked with the DOT on the plans for the bike route.
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