The bikers form a very powerful lobby. The bike map for our neighborhood was made by the bike groups, led by Transportation Alternatives. Community Board 2 was totally bypassed, informed only after the map was done.
Save Skillman Ave.
Most important: bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd are dangerous for bikes. These are very busy commercial streets, with many stores, trucks making deliveries, cars, school buses from P.S. 150. Cars and trucks double park on both sides of both streets from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., 16 hours per day. If you "calm" Skillman and 43rd, and remove parking, how do we shop? How do stores get their supplies? How do we live? We have to suffer for the pleasure of a few sightseeing bike riders.
The bike lane on 48th Street makes no sense. 48th Street is a bus route, and much busier than 43rd Street. The bike lane should be on 43rd Street. The bike lane should use 39th Avenue from 48th Street to 43th Street, and across 43rd Street to join Skillman on its way to Queens Boulevard. At its June meeting, CB2 overwhelmingly voted for this arrangement, with only two opposed.
Just an idea of how narcissistic the bike rider lobby is, they mapped Vernon Boulevard, a principal Long Island City street, as a bike lane, not 11th Street, which is two lanes in each direction, and not as heavily travelled as Jackson Avenue. Why? "There is nothing to see on 11th Street. Vernon Boulevard is much nicer for bike riders."
There they go again! Save Vernon Boulevard! Save Skillman Avenue!
And as for bike parking, Commuter Outrage has an idea:
New York City Bike Parking
The city should also move quickly to expand its bicycle parking. They should finance it by charging fees for bikes similar to those for cars who use on-street parking.
...we would raise $11,268 per day from New York’s 28,170 bicycle commuters. Over the course of a 260 day work year, that would raise $2,929,680. (or if we want to make the bicyclists pay their fare share and give them no break on the price, we could raise $4,394,520 by charging the full seven and a half cents per hour) We should also consider that we will probably raise more fees than this since this only covers the 8-hour work day, and some people will work longer or do other things after work. That’s a lot of money to put toward expanding bicycle infrastructure in the city.
Great idea! Since bike activists love to come up with suggestions that force motorists to pony up our hard earned money, then why shouldn't they be subject to the same? Someone get Sadik-Khan on the phone, pronto!