Last night, the public got a look at the next phase of DOT's Queens Boulevard redesign, which will extend protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements, and traffic calming treatments through Rego Park to Yellowstone Boulevard. The project got a thumbs up from the Queens Community Board 6 transportation committee in a 7 to 3 vote.
Two years ago, Council Member Karen Koslowitz stood with people who'd lost loved ones to traffic violence and said the city should do "whatever it takes" to turn deadly Queens Boulevard into a "boulevard of life" -- even if that entailed the removal of travel lanes or parking spaces. Now that the city is ready to redesign Queens Boulevard in her district, however, Koslowitz is losing her resolve.
After DOT redesigned the Queens Boulevard service roads in Woodside, the number of people biking doubled while pedestrian and cyclist injuries dropped. Last night, more than 100 people packed into the cafeteria of P.S. 139 in Rego Park to weigh in on extending the redesign east to Yellowstone Boulevard.