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Tonight: DOT Presents Redesign for Skillman and 43rd Avenues

The intersection of 43rd Avenue and 39th Street in Sunnyside, where a drunk driver struck and killed Gelacio Reyes as he biked home from work in April. Image: Google Maps

We've received last-minute word that DOT will present redesigns for 43rd Avenue and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside at tonight's Queens Community Board 2 transportation committee meeting.

In April, a drunk driver killed Gelacio Reyes, 32, as he was biking home from work at 43rd Avenue and 39th Street. Ten days later another driver critically injured pedestrian David Nunez, 27, at the same location. Advocates and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer called on DOT to install a protected bike lane on 43rd Avenue and Skillman Avenue, its westbound counterpart.

Together, these east-west streets provide critical connections in Queens' growing bike network, linking the Queensboro Bridge to the protected lanes on Queens Boulevard.

Word on the street is that DOT's proposal tonight will include protected bike lanes. A design concept produced this summer by volunteer Max Sholl showed how a protected bike lane could fit on the 42-foot wide 43rd Avenue.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Community Board 2 office, located at 43-22 50th Street, Suite 2B.

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