Business Grew on Queens Street After Controversial Bike Lane Installed, Data Show

The Skillman Avenue bike lane in September 2022. Business has grown on the street since the city installed it four years ago. Photo: Jesse Coburn

When New York City proposed installing a protected bike lane on Skillman Avenue in Queens in 2017, the impact it would have on local businesses was certain — at least according to the plan's critics.

A devastating loss of customers. Revenue falling by 20 percent. Beloved shops forced to close their doors for good.

Those predictions were wrong.

Data obtained by Streetsblog through a Freedom of Information request shows the economy of Skillman Avenue grew after the city built the new lane in the fall of 2018, with revenue increasing and new businesses setting up shop.

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