Any effort to solve NYC's transportation challenges has to involve dedicating a lot more street space to transit, biking, and walking. But across the five boroughs, the city's attempts to prioritize space-efficient modes of travel are sabotaged... by people who work for the city. And police are the worst offenders.
Earlier this year, Queens Community Board 11 voted for a DOT project to create several miles of protected bike lanes linking to the Joe Michaels Mile bike path. There were multiple public meetings about the redesign, but now members of the board are planning a closed meeting on Monday to hear objections to it.
On Thursday, DOT announced plans to paint a bike lane on Classon Avenue, the northbound one-way street where a left-turning driver killed Lauren Davis as she rode her bike to work last April. As bicycle infrastructure goes, it's the bare minimum -- some stripes and stencils to designate space for biking, with no changes to moving lanes or parking. But that hasn't stopped a group of local officials from coming out against it.