Eyes on the Street: Vernon Boulevard Bikeway Upgrade

DOT crews at work on Vernon Boulevard near Hallet's Cove this morning. Photo: ##http://instagram.com/p/gDRa07SsY3/##Gil Lopez/Instagram##

Buffered bike lanes on Vernon Boulevard in western Queens are getting upgraded to a buffered two-way bikeway. Gil Lopez was near Hallet’s Cove this morning when he snapped a photo of DOT crews installing the bike lane, which when complete will include flexible posts to keep out car traffic.

The two-way lane will run from 46th Avenue in Long Island City to 30th Drive in Astoria, though it will give way to shared lane markings on opposite sides of the street near Queensbridge Park and Rainey Park. The disruptions to the bike lane will add back some parking spaces removed when the Vernon Boulevard bike lane was installed in 2008. Cyclists looking for a protected route on those sections are directed to more circuitous waterfront bike paths in the parks.

This isn’t the only bike route upgrade on track for western Queens: On November 7, Community Board 2 is scheduled to take up a proposal to expand bike lanes in Long Island City and Sunnyside. These plans, developed by DOT after a series of workshops with the community board, will improve connections to the Pulaski Bridge, Queens Plaza, Hunters Point, and Sunnyside.

  • Gil Lopez

    Thanks for the write up! Any updates on the bike lane extension for Skillman Ave. in Queens? I guess that is part if the improved Pulaski Bridge connection. I CANNOT WAIT!

  • Larry Littlefield

    One issue for the next administration: I think existing bike lanes (and other road markings) are disappearing as fast as new ones are being installed.

  • spoileralert

    Any word on enforcement for the numerous yellow buses that use this bike lane as parking in front of the Con Edison: The Learning Center?

  • Ben Kintisch

    I think it is ABSURD to “add back parking” lost in 2008. Five years later, and we still need to apologize for a few lost car parking spaces, and pay for it with a diminished bike route? That’s pretty lame. With the enhanced greenway-style treatment, bike ridership will continue to grow quickly along this route, with or without the “concessions” to include some sharrows.

  • Anonymous

    Vernon Boulevard, represent represent.

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