March 5, 2015 By Christian Murray
The Department of Transportation has plans to install bicycle lanes on Greenpoint and Roosevelt Avenues.
The lanes would be “shared lanes” installed on both sides of the street.
These plans are part of the DOT’s attempt to build a bicycle network throughout Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. Last year, the department put down bike lanes on Skillman, 43rd and 47th Avenues– as it kicked off phase 1 of its plan.
The Greenpoint Avenue lanes—which go through the heart of Sunnyside—would be part of Phase 2 and might be installed as early as this summer if Community Board 2 signs off on them. The lanes on Roosevelt Avenue would extend as far as 58th Street.
The proposed bike lanes stem from the results of two workshops held in 2012, when the Department of Transportation invited the community to an event where they could provide their feedback as to where they would like to see the lanes go.
The plan was shared by DOT representatives at a community board 2 meeting this week.
Joe Conley, chairman of CB2’s Transportation Committee, expressed doubts about including the lanes on Roosevelt Avenue given the traffic congestion. He recommended that the DOT take another look to see if it could find a connection to its network via an alternative street.
Phase II is also likely to bring changes to several other streets in the district.
The DOT plans to install shared bicycle lanes on Jackson Avenue—between Queens Plaza and 11th Street.
Two-way bicycle lanes are expected to be added to the Honeywell Street Bridge, which goes over Sunnyside Yards—from Skillman Avenue to Northern Boulevard.
The DOT also plans to install lanes connecting Sunnyside to Maspeth through a web of industrial streets. The lanes would be installed on 56th Road (Maspeth) and Review Avenue.