Saturday, May 03, 2008

Queensplaza proposal

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!

6 comments:

carlo dj said...

Hey Astoria Bike, I'm sure you get emails like this all the time. I just moved to astoria (close to astoria park) and wanted to get back into biking. I haven't biked since the early 90's when i was in high school so I'm quite outdated. Do you have any tips for buying a bike fit for nyc? I plan on doing mostly weekend daytrips to central park, brooklyn, and that sort of exploring fun stuff. If you could email me at carlo_dj(at)hotmail.com i would appreicate it! Great blog, it's been fun reading it.

PCM said...

Carlo dj, Thanks. See my post in reply.

Anonymous said...

Send the proposal to the Khan!

It amazes me that the solution is so simple, yet nothing has been done about it. For years. I suppose that's government for you.

- Wrong Way Astorian ('cause that's the design)

Anonymous said...

The design is suitable for bikers heading up to Astoria. However, it falls short for those that need to continue east to meet with the Queens Blvd bike path over Sunnyside Yards.
That extra 3 blocks is a nasty tangle going the wrong way.

PCM said...

Right you are. But my idea is an improvement. And this is Astoriabike.com.

Actually, the reason why I didn't is I couldn't figure out an easy way to connect to Sunnyside that didn't involve a jackhammer.

What's so nice about my little plan is that it's so simple. So doable.

To get to Sunnyside, coulnd't you zigzag over to 39th Ave and cross on Honneywell? It is longer, but it's also a lot more pleasant.

Or could you cross all the traffic and than take Thomson St? It looks possible on my map, but it may not be possible in reality.

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