Before Riding the New Queens Blvd, Go Down Memory Lane With Streetfilms

A celebratory bike ride this evening will mark the installation of bike lanes on Queens Boulevard — a safety improvement years in the making.

Take a ride down Queens Boulevard in 2009 with this Streetfilm featuring the “bike pool,” organized to encourage safety in numbers for cyclists on the Boulevard of Death.

Things will look quite different on tonight’s ride. Bike lanes have been striped along 1.3 miles of the Queens Boulevard service road in Woodside, and DOT will begin planning for sections farther east later this year and next year.

For all its risks, Queens Boulevard has always provided the most direct route across the borough. That’s one reason the new bike lane — and future segments — are so important.

The push for safe biking on Queens Boulevard got going after 22-year-old Asif Rahman was killed while bicycling on the street in 2008. His mother, Lizi, has led the charge for improvements. In this video she delivers a powerful message at a 2009 press conference urging the city to take action:

Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms will be at tonight’s ride to document the latest progress. The ride begins at 6:30 p.m. where the Queensboro Bridge path touches down on Queens Plaza North at Crescent Street.

  • Joe R.

    Although I thought some things could be done better, I’m happy to see this. Queens Boulevard is really the only viable route from where I am to points west of Flushing Meadows Park. The two other potential routes, namely Northern Boulevard and the LIE service road, are interrupted with dangerous portions running through the park. Hopefully before this is literally set in stone we’ll be able to talk of other, potential improvements. I would personally want at least overpasses or underpasses through the busiest intersections to avoid the very long red lights.

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