Eyes on the Street: The Queens Boulevard Bike Lane Reaches Rego Park

There's fresh kermit between Eliot Avenue and 65th Avenue, with more to come.

This is the first bike lane in Rego Park. Photo: RegoParkQueens/Twitter
This is the first bike lane in Rego Park. Photo: RegoParkQueens/Twitter

The next segment of the Queens Boulevard safety overhaul is well underway. For the third summer in a row, DOT crews are laying down green paint for bike lanes on the Queens Boulevard service roads and expanding pedestrian space in the medians.

At the moment, the freshly painted bike lanes extend from Eliot Avenue to 65th Avenue, according to local resident Peter Beadle. These are the first bike lanes ever striped in Rego Park.

The project will continue to Yellowstone Boulevard this summer, adding about 1.3 miles of bikeway to the most important east-west route in Queens [PDF]. The gravel surface for the expanded pedestrian zones and the plastic posts to provide protection from car traffic have yet to be added.

All told there will be 3.8 miles of Queens Boulevard bike lane, between Roosevelt Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard, when this phase wraps up, though there’s a discontinuity on the westbound bike lane near the Queens Center Mall. Next year, DOT expects to complete a fourth phase through Forest Hills to Union Turnpike.

  • HamTech87

    I still don’t understand why the “Fresh Kermit” doesn’t continue in the intersections (see top photo). That is when motorists need to be most aware of the bike lane.

    Also, there will be flex posts, right?

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    And that tan epoxy gravel for the pedestrian space.

  • van_vlissingen

    Thus far, the changes on Queens Blvd had been on Commercial and Industrial sections. Phase III was the first largely residential phase – and I had wondered how it would feel in Rego Park & Forest Hills. I rode the PBL back and forth from Jewel Ave to LIC yesterday and the traffic calming is palpable. In areas where the green is down, you feel markedly safer – but the traffic is also much calmer too.