See Queens, Shop in Queens — on Your Bike

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Last week the Department of City Planning released the "Queens Around the World Guide," a map to help cyclists see the sights, sample the cuisine, and frequent the merchants of the city’s biggest borough.

QATW_final_back_section2.jpgThe Queens guide subtly delivers the message that attracting cyclists means attracting business — a nice little counterpoint to those who demonize bike lanes as a drag on retailers. As the DCP press release says, the map points out "many opportunities for riders to park their bikes and walk around the unique neighborhoods and shopping districts" of the borough. Which raises the prospect of a good companion project: How about a few bike corrals along the route? The potential to boost foot traffic is rather impressive when you consider that each on-street spot for car parking could turn into a dozen or so slots for bike parking.

DCP will be distributing the maps to local bike shops. For now, you can find it online. Maps for other boroughs are in the works, with the Bronx coming up next.

  • In the last year or so, the NYC DOT bike lanes installed that go to/from the QBB are just great. I use them often. Nice routes thru Sunnyside and Jackson Heights. I suggest trying them out.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Now THAT’s cool.

    The current administration made more of an effort to publicize the bridge walkways as tourist attractions a la Sidney, Australia, and it seems to have worked because I’ve never seen so many people on the Brooklyn Bridge walkway.

    Perhaps it will succeed in creating critical mass in urban bicycle touring as well.

  • anonymous

    The city should install some heavy-duty bike lockers with RFID card access so you can rent a secure locker wherever you are for however long you want. It’s obviously more expensive than a bike rack but those with expensive bikes or lots of accessories they don’t want stolen will likely be happy to pay for the extra security. This also lessens the need to install indoor bike storage in buildings; just have a bunch of these lockers on the street instead.

  • I’ve always believed that more could and should be done to encourage bike tourism in NYC; this is a great start.

  • Kaja

    This is fantastic. This slice of Queens is actually part of the city I’m not intimately familiar with; that will now change.

  • Coolness!! If I’ve got time at the w/end I’ll have to go explore. I’m usually in commute mode and stomping straight down QB, but this gives me a good excuse to slow down and look around…

  • They have you ride down Whitney and don’t point out Minangasli? Or any of the other delicious southeast-Asian restaurants over there? Blasphemy. Did restaurants have to pay to be listed? Or is someone at the planning department just missing out on some really tasty Indonesian food?

    Ok, actually, I am very impressed by this map. And if it helps build support for putting bike paths/lanes along the route, so much the better!

  • let’s hope this doesn’t overwhelm sripraphai!!

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