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Transportation Alternatives to Create ‘People-Protected’ Bike Lane on 43rd Avenue Next Week, Day Before CB2 Vote

via Transportation Alternatives Queens Volunteer Committee

May 29, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

Activists will be forming a human bike lane in Sunnyside next week in a final bid for the city to install protected bike lanes before Community Board 2 votes on the measures for Skillman and 43rd Avenues the following day.

The “people-protected” bike lane, organized by Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Volunteer Committee, will form near the intersection of 39th Street and 43rd Avenue on June 6 from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The intersection was where Gelacio Reyes was killed while cycling last year, and where another cyclist was hit just days later. The two incidents sparked the call for safety improvements through the corridor, which resulted in the DOT’s controversial plan featuring installing protected bike lanes through the two avenues while eliminating a combined 116 parking spaces.

Community Board 2 is scheduled to vote on the plan at its monthly meeting June 7.

While many support the DOT’s plan, opponents fear that the loss of parking spaces would hurt businesses and make a bad parking situation in the neighborhood worse.

The “people-protected” bike lane, the first to be formed in Queens, is an attempt by advocates to demonstrate the physical separation they believe is needed between cyclists and cars. A painted bike lane, where cars can dip in and out of, is simply not enough, they say.

“When the city won’t provide the infrastructure, cyclists provide their bodies for safety,” said Macartney Morris, Chair of the Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee. “When the city, Community Board 2, and other leaders won’t give us the safety that we need, we put our bodies on the line.”

Morris said the event is also a way for safe streets advocates to come out and show their support, and remind the community of the decisive vote taking place the following evening.

The length of the people-protected bike lane will depend on the number of volunteers and supporters that show up, but could see at least 25 to 30 people—enough to form on one block. Attendees will not be at the intersection itself, but rather on the eastern side of 43rd Avenue, along the painted line of the existing bike lane.

Cones, flags, and safety vests will be laid out at the event, and attendees are welcome to join from the sidelines or take part in the protected bike lane itself, Morris said.

The Transportation Alternatives volunteer added that attendees will make sure cars are able to park and go during the event.

People-protected bike lanes have formed in Manhattan and other parts across the country, and have been met with a positive response by cyclists and pedestrians, Morris said.

Those interested in attending can RSVP through the Facebook event page or contact Transportation Alternatives at [email protected]

Community Board 2’s vote may have no real impact on the plan in any case.

In 2016, Community Board 4 voted no to protected bike lanes along Queens Boulevard, but were overruled by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Member Daniel Dromm. And last week, the agency told Community Board 6, while presenting phase four of the Queens Boulevard redesign, that it would not require the approval of the board to move ahead, as the project is a “mayoral priority.”

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has not taken a stance on the plan, instead noting that he wanted to hear from as many people as possible before making a decision.

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Samuel

Bike lanes, 25 mph speed limits, and cleverly-named programs all mean nothing when there is NO ENFORCEMENT! When Q.B. had The 30 mph speed limit, drivers drove 55+ toward Manhattan in the morning. Now it’s 25 mph limit and they STILL drive 55+. Nobody is enforcing the rules! I face Q.B. and have witnessed countless times car blocking traffic to make illegal left turns from the service lanes, and cop cars simply go around them and continue driving. Plus, I see SO MANY turning vehicles pay no attention to people in the crosswalks, a cop car nearby witnessing it, and I think to myself, “Good for you idiot!” And then the cop car just continues on. Vision Zero won’t be effective until “Enforcement Zero” ends.




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Cristina Furlong

I can’t give enough thanks to those advocates who’ve attended meetings, been out on the streets, having serious and frivolous conversations and overcoming the constant berating by individuals to gripe at best on any topic. It’s difficult to decide to make a stand and commit to fighting for a cause you believe in, knowing it will benefit countless others. You have full permission to use my name and experience for any advocacy if I get killed in traffic. Please do! Some of the best advocates I know have had their loved ones killed and they’ve motivated me and my crowd to do more. When we’re tired or we’ve been taking serious shit on comments pages- it’s always a victim to comes out and pushes. Many times when I want to stay home I just think of those parents who’ve lost kids and know they want some legacy for their dead children. As a daily cyclist, I’m pretty certain any injury I get into would be from U-Turning drivers, speeding drivers, those distracted looking for parking, people backing up down a road, or losing control while texting. A protected lane in any of those circumstances would save my life or that of a friend or loved one. Why should I die or get maimed for any of the above reasons- which are often cited in fatalities? You want me to take that without trying to fix things? Sorry, impossible. Life would be nicer not going to meetings and doing outreach- but it’s impossible. There’s too much at stake for myself, friends and loved ones.




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Sunnysider

.. brought to you by the champions of cheap & shameless publicity stunts, Transportation Alternatives! Galecio, if you are listening, I apologize for the TA’s/DOT’s continual exploitation of your death for their agenda. The DOTs hentchmen have an agenda and are willing to get ugly to make a point. This is remarkably disgusting and every TA member should be embarrassed and ashamed.




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JT

This is a wonderful “holier than thou” take here. I love how the DOT now has henchman and how they are apparently hell bent on safety NO MATTER THE COST! How dare they?! Can you believe it? Is Soros funding this too?




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Tommy O

No JT “Fox News” is funding this with the proceeds from its propaganda piece on uranium one.




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Johnny

@george- Yes like the truth behind the fairy tale of the Russians purchase of a uranium mine. Fox is not allowed to broadcast in Canada because of its lies. Fox News claims they are not news but actually an entertainment outlet. News Corp. is Fox News parent company, news corp largest share holder is a Saudi Prince. Beware of people who constantly tell you what you think you want to hear.




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George

Johnny wait for your meds to kick in before you post. Liberalism: find a cure.




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Anonymous

George, Its now called “liberalism” when someone posts facts? Every point in Johns post is a verifiable fact. I know I went out and verified them, maybe you should do the same. Do yourself a favor and look up the term “useful idiot” as defined in the political arena.




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George

Anonymous i looked it up that’s a nice pic of you and johnny next to it.




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Sunnysider

Nice! But, this is funnier- there are TA volunteers that still believe that these protected lane DeBlazzz mandates are just about safety! Skillman/43rd aves – 1 fatality – 7+ yrs … “vision zero priority?”… Silly pawns.




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anon

Greenpoint Ave, 41 st. and 48 th ave. One fatality, drunk going 100 MPH hit a guy on a bike resulting in the multi-million dollar mindless train wreck that has been installed over the course of two years with no end in sight. Could it be because the work was done by outside vendors and not the DOT. Bob Moses used to say “fu(kem when you’re on the side of parks you can do no wrong ” . He used that mentality to build a corrupt empire. Vision zero is the same.




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Sally G

Councilman is waiting to see what is best for his own career and run for Queens Borough President. That is why, no decision. Because he will let the City Council overrule the Community Board and his voters/residents in Sunnyside. Why doesn’t anyone see through the smoke screen? Take a stand BEFORE the vote. Always maneuvering for own motives.




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Sir Walter Raleigh

The neighborhood is changing for the better! the old Guard is pissed that a new vibrant intelligent class of people who care about the environment and people is moving in.




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Oil beef hooked

I noticed that the flyers on the cars say there for days without moving. Just proves that folks in sunnyside rarely use their cars. Most just move from one side of the street to the other, and go to Costco once a week. No wonder no one can find a spot. More cycling needed




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Yanny Laurel

This is HISTORIC Sunnyside Gardens. Not some up and up coming neighborhood! Preserve the image of the neighborhood. NO BIKE LANE. Go Occupy Wall Street if you want to protest!




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JT

LOL – Sunnyside Gardens and the rest of NYC didn’t originally have curbside parking, it was illegal – all cars went in a garage. Almost the ENTIRE point of why it was built but, hey sure – preserve the image of the neighborhood!




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rikki

I all in favor of this then people will gladly come to the south side to shop and spend money if there is no parking




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Carbie Barbie

Whether the bike lanes are built or not, we’ll love Sunnyside at basically the same level.

If a few lost parking spots or bike lanes tip the balance to make you want to move, you were probably on your way out already.




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I am for reaaaaal

The REASON why bikers have die should be looked at. Bikers are notorious traffic-law-breakers and could have die from breaking the law. Truth hurts especially for Socialists/Marxists.




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Carbie Barbie

The ghost of Joe McCarthy haunts the comment section.

Flashlights under your faces, people. It’s Count Floyd time. Booo–scary!




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Sick At Heart

Is that how you justify forcing people who live on limited income and need a car into impossible situations? Do you know how awful Access a Ride is? Do you know how much it costs for round trip tickets on the LIRR or MetroNorth to see family and friends? Do you know what that bus to Rockaway is like on a sweltering summer day? How impossible it is to ride if you have limiting health conditions? How a few blocks can be an impossible journey for someone with neuropathic legs and feet? How riding an unairconditioned public transport vehicle affects someone with emphysema or COPD? Many of your neighbors have these and other conditions, many people live alone, far from family, struggling everyday to keep it together. I have a 12-year-old car I bought used when I was working steadily. It is paid for. I fear every time something goes wrong that I will lose it. I can’t buy another one. I hope another steady job comes along and I am able to save again, but it isn’t here yet. I may be on my way out, as you say, but that would be to a much worse place. So please don’t use that phrase with such aplomb, it represents a world of pain for me.




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Carbie Barbie

I’m not justifying anything. I’m saying this is a change that will bring some benefits and some drawbacks and in a few years time it will probably not be thought about much.




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Carbie Barbie

I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling, too. I wish there were much better funding for social services, infrastructure and better wages for people in general, but our two main corporate-captured parties don’t want to help actual people so much as do the bidding of their paymasters.

for reaaaaaaaal

(Insert red-baiting below, Joe McCarthy.)




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Gardens Watcher

Sick at Heart: Thanks for such an intelligent post. Hope the bike riding crowd reads your words TWICE and JVB does too.




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Your neighbor- first time poster

@sick we are all very sorry to hear about your struggles. I may not be able to sway you one way or the other, but we all urge you to resist seeing yourself as in the crosshairs of this plan.

You clearly need your car to get around more than almost everyone in Sunnyside. The thing with large scale plans like these is that they tend to change behavior of the majority of those of us who do not need cars daily or can afford private parking spaces far before they make life impossible for people like yourself who have no choice but to drive daily.

As a vulnerable street user you will benefit more than most from the drop in risk from collisions, both in your car and as you walk to and from it.

Your expression of ad hominem for supporters and sincere fear about the plan shows the negative effects of a group trying to organize insidiously against best-practices in street design by engendering irrational anger and fear to poison perceptions and discussion about the plan. Luckily the DOT already know from dozens of projects that have changed our streetscapes that driving and parking are very fluid in their demands and flexible in their behavior.

DOT have prevented turns, cut or added lanes, modified traffic flow, closed parks to cars, installed plazas at major intersections, etc. over the loud howls of misguided groups predicting an apocalypse for drivers which never comes.

Please do not let this plan stress you out! The effects on parking (~100/4000+ spaces in the area) are both overstated and unlikely to affect you as much as they will keep you safe and improve the quality of life in Sunnyside. You are our neighbor, and we care about you, so let’s take a deep breath and never lose sight of that.




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Anonymous

Although my body has some limitations, not all I listed are mine. Although you say you care, there is nothing in the plan that assures me of a safe spot within walking distance of my home. Over the past ten years I have watched as about 16 spots have been eliminated from my block alone. Various reason include improving sight lines, allowing for larger trucks to make deliveries and allowing more room for fire trucks to turn. I just know I could come home and park without any trouble most of my life and now I can’t. Tickets are astronomical and written with such prompt efficiency it is clear this neighborhood is a target. People on the councilman’s street say they get away with all kinds of lapses, but that is not true here. We get hammered twice a week every week. There is a war on cars and people who need them are taking a beating. Carbie Barbie and her friends proclaim this neighborhood worships parking, but it is obvious they are in the grip of an exciting new vision for the world and they are too young or narrow or something to see who is not included or provided for in their beautiful vision. The healthy just can’t imagine what it is like to have a debilitating condition. There are many invisible disabilities the young (it is often the young) and healthy just have no idea about. I know I didn’t.




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Much ado about nothing

Great news, if you look at the plan (pg. 27) your block loses a grand total of ZERO parking spots.




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Henry

Transportation Alternatives needs to work with the city to promote/campaign for the “Dutch method” of opening a vehicle door when parked. This means that the driver opens the vehicle door with their right hand. In doing this, as you reach across your body to open the door you twist your body and it gives your peripheral vision a chance of seeing a cyclist in the lane next to the car and also reminds the driver to look for a cyclist in the lane next to the car.




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Chris robin

Let’s look at the numbers. First, bike riders are 4 times more likely to cause an accident than auto drivers. This is based on DOT’s mathematically challenged numbers. Real numbers would make bike riders 12 more likely to cause an accident than drivers.
What protected bike lanes do is to make it more likely for bikes to collide with pedestrians and cars more likely to collide with each other. Corona has experienced a 60% increase in accidents since the installation of bike lanes. However, by DOT’s number and any objective standard the Skillman/43rd ave. corridor is safe. If DOT’s numbers are o be believed there is only one chance in 206,000 that a bike ride will end in an accident. This is actually higher than any either cars or pedestrians by a considerable margin but still well within an safety norms. It is impossible to eliminate all accidents.. DOT has no interest in bike safety. If they did they would not actively route all bike riders through this corridor to begin with. It is the same distance and far safer to route bikers south of Queens boulevard where auto traffic is the lightest. Doing so would eliminate danger for even a group as careless as the bike riders currently advocating for special treatment. The people of Sunnyside and Woodside are currently 85-90% opposed to this imposition. It would seem that DOT and Diblasio have no interest in either safety or democracy.




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Mary Jane

Really well said. Can I ask, do you have link to the data? I’d love to share it.




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Carbie Barbie

I have never seen those numbers. Will you please share your evidence?




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Woodside Resident

I, too, would appreciate it if you shared your sources. If the increase in Corona accidents is accurate (again, I’d appreciate seeing the source and numbers), it would also be important to know the increase in bike ridership and other confounding variables, like population and traffic changes.

As a Woodside resident in strong support of this plan, I’m not sure how you can criticize the DOT’s data as “mathematically challenged” and then say “The people of Sunnyside and Woodside are currently 85-90% opposed to this imposition.” Where do you get that percentage from?




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John O'Reilly

Will a “protected bike lane” be any more safe than a “protected pedestrian sidewalk”? Unfortunately, cars from time to time wind up on the sidewalk and there are pedestrian fatalities because of a phenomena known as an accident. There is zero chance that a “protected” bike lane will guarantee the absolute safety of bicycle riders. If anything, the actual benefit of a protected bike lane is to protect pedestrians from bicyclists since presumably the bike lane will deter bicyclists from wrong way riding and from traveling at excessive speed. But, while I don’t own a car and do most of my traveling on foot, I’m willing to forego the benefit of better safety for me, a pedestrian, from crashes with bicyclists because I believe the overall better good of the Sunnyside community is served by not installing protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Aves.




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Woodside Resident

Hi Mr. O’Reilly,

I agree with you that this plan wouldn’t guarantee the absolute safety of cyclists. But to be fair, absolute safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles probably isn’t a realistic goal of any DOT safety plan. To my mind the DOT made a convincing case that this plan would make Skillman and 43rd Aves safer for all of those groups, however, and I think improvements in safety are important.

Regarding the perceived dangerousness of bicycles compared to cars, I’m really curious to know why this belief is so widespread. On my walk home today, I saw two cars roll into the pedestrian walkway (well over the line) before actually stopping at 52nd St. and Skillman. I’ve almost been hit by a car there myself. Just before that on Skillman, I saw a car slow down, turn into the bike lane, and I think try to park (I didn’t wait to watch, just noticed on my walk home), all without signaling. I routinely see cars speed through changing lights, passing through intersections when lights are clearly red. My point is just that cars, pedestrians, and cyclists all break laws frequently in our city. I totally support increasing traffic law enforcement for all groups. I don’t understand why cyclists are perceived as the worst offenders and why that would lead people to oppose traffic safety plans.

Finally, I wrote this in another thread Sunnyside Post, but I’m copying it here because it’s relevant again: Regardless of our anecdotal experiences, the data shows only 0.42% of pedestrian fatalities were from cyclists from 2002-2017. If you Google it, there’s a report on the nyc.gov site. It shows a total of 10 pedestrians have died after being struck by bicycles in that time period. The number for cars? 2,345. I don’t want to belittle any near misses anyone has had with cyclists. They can be dangerous and they absolutely shouldn’t happen. But we should keep things in perspective; cars are a far bigger risk in NYC.




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John O'Reilly

Woodside Resident, Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I agree that however one gets about on City streets there is virtually rampant unsafe behaviors by pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists. My comment, and I believe others, is addressed to the tone of advocacy by many bike lane proponents that installing bike lanes is a panacea for unsafe road conditions and impending environmental doom. The use of the horrible fatality involving a bicyclists at 3 AM hit by drunk driver in an intersection is just one example; there is no objective fact to support the contention that a bike lane would have saved that man’s life. The real truth, supported by data, is that reduction in the speed limit is the single greatest factor in improving road safety, but you will never hear Transportation Alternatives advocate for a speed limit on bicyclists. Comparison of the number of crashes with pedestrians by motorists versus bicyclists is premised on one very false assumption, that the number of bicyclists and the number of motorists on the roads is roughly equal. In fact, as reported by DOT, the number of daily bicycle commuters in Queens is tiny, a mere one-fifth of one percent of the population. The use of bicycles for commuting over East River bridges to Manhattan actually declined in 2017 compared with 2016. So, yes, there will be more crashes involving motorists because there are thousand time multiple more drivers than bicyclists. Yes, you can argue that more protected bike lanes will bring more bike commuters, but even that assumption is subject to question given the extensive system of bike lanes already in Brooklyn and the decline in bike commuting to Manhattan. Installing protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues will not do much to change the number of bicycle commuters, rather the numbers will increase dramatically when the City legalizes motorized bikes without the concomitant responsibilities placed on operators of other motorized vehicles on public roads, thus completing the grand scheme hatched by Transportation Alternatives on behalf of its economic partners Uber, China investors and personal injury law firms.




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Dan

A lot of issues with parking would be solved with a cross-Queens streetcar along one of these busy roads. Will it ever happen? Definitely not. But having a streetcar that would basically just take the spot from the buffer medians would help tremendously and offer more opportunities for pedestrians to shop locally, plus it would replace some bus lines.

Just visited Toronto and they have a somewhat limited but very successful streetcar in their downtown area. Not expecting anything vast, just a single line back and forth for people in Queens miles away from any real transit.




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MAGA

I’d rather there be a safety lane to protect pedestrians seeing as how bicyclists think they laws don’t apply to them and get angry when a pedestrian tries to walk when the traffic lights tell them to and the dirtbag on the bike has to stop because he thinks he’s allowed to run the red light.




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Charlie

Cars are far more dangerous to pedestrians than bikes. Not to mention how dangerous they are for bikes and other cars.




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ann

The latest stunt by Transportation Alternatives. There will be more protesters than bikers. It turns out that most ‘facts’ provided by TA are untrue or highly exaggerated. There aren’t 1,400 bikers on 43rd and Skillman Avenues daily, as claimed; more like 400 (and that was on Bike to Work Week). The tragic death at the intersection was caused by the biker going through his red light, sadly. Nothing is being done to protect pedestrians against lawless cyclists, just more encouragement for more biking at higher speeds. Get out of our way – red light, wrong way, not in bike lane, bike bros rule. This is a top-down plan foisted by DOT on neighbors, to please Transportation Alternatives, a major donor to campaigns and filled with Me-First activists. DiBlasio and DOT do not have a clue.




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pass

congratulations on posting the most uninformed comment on this entire website




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Sick At Heart

When people are willing to die for a change in infrastructure, there is a serious imbalance within them. Fanatics, Zealots, Cultists are all of a similar stripe. How have they made bicycling into a reason to put their bodies on the line, literally? If the mayor makes this happen it is because people like TA volunteers have offered themselves up to be his tools. He doesn’t bike, it seems, but he’d sure like to jam 100,000,000 more folks on bikes into NY, and increase the size of the city pocketbook, and get rid of older and disabled people who live here now. The misguided, unwise young are helping him get rid of us. They would deny it from dawn to dusk, but I know they are just too young and passionate to see it.




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Johnny

for reaaaal- The cyclist are the ones supporting free market ideals. Bike ownership and the industries supporting bikes like repair shops, bike wheels, lock and other various bike accessories. You’re supporting government own and ran mass transit systems and socialized (free) parking spaces for the masses. Fox News has you all confused.




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Tommy O

-Sick At Heart-
NY POST December 9, 2010 | 6:04pm
Bloomberg wants to expand bike lanes, meets resistance from City Council
New York City is adding lanes for bicyclists at a pace of 50 miles a year, causing more New Yorkers to take up the sport but altering the cityscape in a way that is drawing protests.
New Yorkers frustrated with the increase in cyclists said they walk the streets in fear of being struck by reckless riders, and bicycling enthusiasts applauded the growing bike lane network — stretching nearly 500 miles — as a way to travel more safely throughout the city.
https://nypost.com/2010/12/09/bloomberg-wants-to-expand-bike-lanes-meets-resistance-from-city-council
Sick at heart you’re the one who sounds like a Fanatic, Zealot or Cultist. Most of all a liar.




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Sick At Heart

I don’t understand the import of that article regarding my comment. Your second and third comments are equally indecipherable.




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Sunnyside Resident

@Sicko at heart- Tommy’s post is clear your the one who appears to be “indecipherable”. Your post suggests that the bike lane issue is new issue and created by this administration and Toms post went and pulled an article from the previous administration debunking this. You’re the one, who appears to be, being used as a propagandist for a cause, the goals of which you are not fully aware of and being used cynically by the leaders of your cause, not the young people you posted about.




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Sick At Heart

It’s a demonstration, certainly. A demonstration of a mania that goes beyond reason in my estimation. And the more aggressively the TA of Queens demonstrates and insinuates itself where it isn’t wanted in this neighborhood, the less people here will accept them. Protected lanes on either Queenor Northern boulevards would be acceptable. Not on Skillman and 43rd. You are making war on us, we reject you.




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pass

hi, you’re clearly not aware that TA doesn’t like deblasio because he is, wait for it…pro-car.

now you know.




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Mike T

This is ridiculous. There needs to be a mention that ONE of the bicyclist ran a red light and was hit by a car. Maybe if he followed the LAW, he would be alive today. What a waste of investment and time. There are so many other things in our neighborhood that can be fixed or made better, yet we look to appease this small group who already have a lane.




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Me

Exactly, 100% this, there are many more things that need to be addressed and improved in our neighborhood, people are wasting time, money and effort on this.




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Tommy O

Mike T- Transportation doesn’t need to to be fixed or made better? Bikes are are a mode of transportation that should be “appeased”. Bikes put the freedom and control of transportation back in the hands of the public. Just because you’re too lazy to take control of your life doesn’t mean hundreds of thousands of your neighbors are too.




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Sick At Heart

Your contempt for others makes you fewer and fewer friends. Don’t apply for any diplomatic jobs, ok? Cars give people freedom as long as they obey the laws, too. You want to hobble other people so you can be free to change the world to please yourself. Not a friendly idea.




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Gardens Watcher

To Much ado, you have much to learn. Where do you think the cars that will be displaced are going to park? ON OTHER BLOCKS NEARBY. Hardly great news for Anonymous.




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Tommy O

-Sick at Heart- Coming out in support of bikes and bike lanes doesn’t automatically make someone against cars. Grow up you sound like my 5 year old daughter when I correct her for fighting with her younger sister.




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Anonymous

Funny, you sound like an irritated parent of the very young. I’ve noticed people in this position often take a condescending tone with everyone else in the world because they are both terrified and ego inflated at the same time. It leaves them awfully confused about the rest of the world. Don’t worry, it is a necessary stage but it will pass. Spend more time with other parents, they’re in the same boat and won’t find you as cranky as other people do.




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Greg

May 29th, 2018,

A bicyclist is dead after being run over by a box truck near MoMA PS11 Tuesday, police said.

The victim, a 45-year-old man, was killed in the vicinity of 21st Street and 46th Avenue at about 3 p.m., after being thrown onto the street when he was struck by a door of a parked car that opened.

Denise Keehan-Smith, Pat Dorfman, and Manny Gomez,
THIS TYPE OF DEATH DOESN’T HAPPEN IN PROTECTED BIKE LANES!!!




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Me

THIS TYPE OF DEATH DOESN’T HAPPEN: IF EVERYONE FOLLOWS THE LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS .

Protected or not, bike lanes are not magic.

Do you know how many times I have to check my right side to make sure a stupid idiot biker is not trying to pass me on my right when I have my right blinker, getting ready to turn on at an intersection where there is no bike lane. Bikers MUST be educated and if possible licensed and registered. Additionally, if there are bike lanes on certain roads, bikers should NOT be allowed on non-bike lane roads, Would you agree to that? Let’s say they put a protected bike lanes on Skillman, would you promote banning bikes or requiring bikers to walk their bikes on Queens Blvd if they some sort of business there?




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pass

>Additionally, if there are bike lanes on certain roads, bikers should NOT be allowed on non-bike lane roads

tell all your car driving friends to stay out of the bike lanes or get ticketed, and you have a deal. ha! fat chance!




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Me

Also RIP, sorry to hear about the sad news. Sorry I forgot to add it my reply above.




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Rikki

Did the box truck actually run over his body or did it just hit him and send him flying? What were his injuries. I heard he had tire tracks on him.




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Roseanne

Excellent job. I am in the entertainment industry and just lost my job. I will be moving to Sunnyside and will be using these bike lanes to get into better shape. I am a little overweight. I also like the diversity of the neighborhood. Thank you.




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John O'Reilly

Is it true that participants will be required to wear “Sponsored by Uber” t-shirts?




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Verdaddy

Take your CARS and go home. Quit killing people and blocking our streets.




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