BY DANIEL OFFNER
After completing the first phase of a proposed bicycle network – which will connect bike lanes for cyclists traveling between Queens and Brooklyn – the City Department of Transportation returned to Community Board 2 on Thursday with plans for the second phase of the project.
Inbar Kishoni, project manager of the DOT’s bike program, said the project first began in 2012, when the DOT held a series of workshops, wherein members of the community identified specific routes.
“Our 2014 routes concentrated mostly on making these East/West, North/South connections that would get you across the board,” Kishoni said. “Now what we’re looking to do is fill in the rest of the network, little by little.”
According to the DOT, Phase II includes plans to install a bike path along the Honeywell Street Bridge over the Sunnyside Yards, from Northern Boulevard to Skillman Avenue. It also looks to install bike lanes along 11th Street, from 47th Drive to 47th Avenue; 49th Avenue, westbound from 27th Street to Skillman Avenue; Borden Avenue, from 27th Street to Starr Avenue; Starr Avenue, from Borden Avenue to Van Dam Street; Review Avenue, from Greenpoint Avenue to Borden Avenue; Greenpoint Avenue, from Review Avenue to Starr Avenue; and Greenpoint Avenue from Borden Avenue South to Hunters Point Avenue.
Plans also include shared bikes lanes along Jackson Avenue, from 11th Street to Queens Plaza; on 35th Street, from Skillman Avenue to 43 Ave.; 49th Avenue, eastbound from Skillman Avenue to 27th Street; 27th Street, from Borden Avenue to 49th Avenue, Greenpoint Avenue, from Starr Avenue to Borden Avenue South; Greenpoint Avenue from Hunters Point Avenue to Queens Boulevard; and Starr Avenue from Greenpoint Avenue to Van Dam Street.
Angela Stach, co-chair of the Queens Activist Committee and Jackson Heights resident, said that while she does not live within the district, she is in favor of the proposal because it would provide a safer commute along Greenpoint Avenue.
“I have been taking a detour over the Pulaski Bridge, because I don’t want to die,” Stach said, explaining why she stays clear of Greenpoint in the morning. “It is critical to make it safer [for cyclists].”
Following the board’s discussion, which touched on a number of issues from wearing helmets to the impact on neighboring businesses, members of CB2’s transportation committee reported that they recommend the DOT implement only specific aspects of the project, requesting more clarification on plans for bike lanes along Borden Avenue; Starr Avenue; Review Avenue; and a shared bike lane on 27th Street, from Borden Avenue to 49th Avenue.
Members of CB2 voted 38-10 to approve the transportation committee’s report, approving a bike path along the Honeywell Street bridge and along 11th Street, Jackson Avenue, 35th Street, 49th Street, and a portion of Greenpoint Avenue and Starr Avenue.
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