Check Out This Wonderfully Normal CBS 2 Queens Blvd Bike Lane Story

There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about this CBS 2 feature on the plan to extend the bike lanes on Queens Boulevard. And that’s what makes it noteworthy.

With shots of the street where lanes now exist, reporter Sonia Rincon begins the piece like so: “The DOT is reshaping the landscape of one of the most dangerous roads in the city.” No quick-cut shots intended to invoke mass panic, no Marcia Kramer-style indignation over the prospect of sharing street space with people who aren’t in cars. Just a simple statement of fact.

Rincon spoke with City Council Member Danny Dromm, who explains how adding space for bikes helps slow motorists down, making the street safer.

And get this: Rincon talked with people who ride bikes on Queens Boulevard as part of their day to day lives — people who are grateful that Mayor de Blasio instructed DOT to proceed with phase two of the bike lane project despite Community Board 4 failing to support it.

“Right now I’m going to work, while biking,” said Melody Santos, who indicated she did not ride to work before DOT installed the existing 1.3-mile bike lane segment on Queens Boulevard in Woodside.

Rincon does devote airtime to random quotes from a couple of people who don’t care for cyclists, and to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who repeats her specious argument that the project should be brought before the Queens Borough Board. Otherwise, Katz claims, making Queens Boulevard safer for people who walk and bike will “cause great difficulties.”

But Rincon closes with Dromm, who notes that the responsibility for engineering safer streets lies with DOT. Anchor Maurice DuBois even wraps the segment by citing Queens Boulevard crash data.

About what you would expect, right? But compared to the fact-free sensationalist screeching New Yorkers were subjected to during the bikelash era, it’s practically a revelation.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    Interesting how they chose the title Street Fight as that is the title of Janette Sadik-Khan’s streetscape book. Have yet to read it myself, but have a signed copy on my shelf.

  • Total normal. Totally fair. Totally non-sensational. The title is a bit much “Street Fight” but you gotta draw people in.

  • ADN

    I guess the bikelash really is over in NYC. Bike lanes are normal and boring.

    Sigh. Actually kind of makes me a little sad and wistful.

  • walks bikes drives

    I don’t think it is a bad idea to go through all the community boards at one time. Would save resources for DOT in time spent. Especially if BdB will over-rule them as necessary.

  • Cristina Carnicelli Furlong

    I asked her about it. Silly coincidence. But great!!

  • dave “paco” abraham

    Pretty balanced piece, yes…. but still a shame newscasters use segment titles like “bike Lane Battle” at the start and then “Street Fight” later on. Just as saying accident rather than crash contains an inherent bias and danger, calling it a battle from the start suggests there will be winners and losers. In reality, all sides should feel like winners when fatalities & injuries are dramatically reduced.

  • BBnet3000

    I still don’t understand why the City and advocates (I’m generalizing, you’ve got it right here) are not talking more about the huge safety benefits to car occupants of all the changes on our streets. In some cases they’re the largest beneficiary in terms of percentage safety improvement.

    Seems like a complete failure of messaging on Vision Zero.

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