Speaking of DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan [smile], I think I will send her my no-brainer proposal for Queensplaza.
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It's dangerous to bike against traffic heading back into Queens off the bridge. But we do, because we have to. The only legal alternative is a four block detour (two of those blocks uphill). The current situation is stupid because there are already two lanes we could be biking on! One, the perfect one, is simply barriered off. There's no downside to turning this into a one-block bike lane except the cost of one more traffic light at the Crescent St. intersection.
The other lane, now used for illegal parked cars, would require nothing more than a line of paint. The best part (if you have a sense of irony) is that there's enough room for cars to continue to park illegal, right next to the new bike lane. Just slide 'em over 5 feet. That's all.
Come on, Janette, give us some love!