Saturday, October 7, 2017
New bike lane causing car crashes
Last week, the city installed the bike lane on heavily traveled Northern Boulevard between Douglaston Parkway and the Cross Island Parkway. It’s protected by a concrete divider, which some some say has led to accidents, including one Thursday.
The problem, opponents say, is that some motorists traveling along Northern Boulevard don’t know there’s a bike lane ahead, as the road narrows from three lanes to two. The bike lane and concrete divider appear to come out of nowhere, critics say.
There are no warning signs posted.
State Sen. Tony Avella said the bike lane is dangerous and needs to be scrapped.
“I think this is a nightmare,” he said.
Avella said the city Department of Transportation installed bright orange cones in front of the concrete barriers just Friday morning.
The senator said his office has received reports of four accidents there since the lane was installed, reports he is still trying to confirm. He said you can see scrape marks on the divider from where cars have apparently hit it.
“All of a sudden, you’re coming around a curve, and you’re hitting a concrete barrier,” he said.
Avella said the community board in the area wants the bike lane replaced with a lane built onto an expanded sidewalk off the road. Trottenberg said that would take too much time and money and that the current bike lane provides safety for cyclists now.
Has DOT ever listened to a community board?