April 11, 2022 By Christian Murray
The DOT will be installing concrete barriers this week along the Vernon Boulevard protected bike lane to enhance safety for bicyclists.
The DOT notified Community Board 2 Monday that it will be installing concrete barriers on the Vernon Boulevard protected bike lane between 46th Avenue and Queens Plaza South starting Tuesday April 12.
The work is expected to take a couple of days to complete, according to Thomas Mituzas, a co-chair of Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee.
The installation of the cement barriers is part of a DOT initiative to increase safety for cyclists. The DOT put up concrete barriers on the Crescent Street protected bike lane in Astoria last month.
The DOT posted a photo on Twitter on March 22 noting that it had installed the Crescent Street barriers from Hoyt Avenue South to Newtown Avenue and from 38th Ave to 39th Avenue. The agency said additional barriers were being installed along Crescent Street to Queens Plaza North.
The DOT announced in February that a number of protected bike lanes in Queens and throughout the city would see the installation of cement barriers as part of an effort to better protect cyclists from motorists.
Protected bike lanes in Long Island City, Astoria and Forest Hills were specifically mentioned to be among the first to have their plastic bollards replaced with concrete barriers through the initiative. Four Manhattan bike lanes were also scheduled for the first upgrades.
The three Queens lanes specifically mentioned in February included Crescent Street– from Queens Plaza North to Hoyt Avenue North; Vernon Boulevard from 46th Avenue to 30th Road; and Queens Boulevard from 73rd Street to Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills.
The three Queens and four Manhattan protected bike lanes are the first lanes slated to get the concrete barriers in the program. The DOT plans to install cement barriers to 20 miles of the 40 existing miles of delineator-protected bike lanes in the city by the end of 2023.
Existing plastic bollards currently separating bike lanes from car lanes will be removed and replaced with cement Jersey barriers that weigh several tons.
“New York City’s cyclists deserve to be safe everywhere, but especially in protected lanes – where drivers will too often disrespect and block that critical space,” DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said in a statement in February when the initiative was announced. “We have an actionable, concrete plan to protect cyclists and we are going to deliver on this work to keep our lanes clear.”
As a bicyclist who uses the Queens Boulevard bike lane several times a week, I must repeat that it is a very bad idea to install the concrete barriers. Where there is only one traffic lane it will not permit cars to bypass double parked unloading trucks or thoughtless double parked motorists.
It will also encourage the accumulation of trash and trap rainwater, which in winter will freeze.
Who protects the pedestrians from bicyclists who don’t follow the rules? They go through red lights, stop signs, ride along side cars so drivers now have to also watch out for an idiot coming up on the driver’s side when they open the car door. They zoom around corners and these people who don’t pay a dime to use the streets (insurance, inspection, registration, gas, parking, tolls, meters, etc.) get priority. ENOUGH OF THIS GARBAGE! I’m sick of catering to these idiots.
To add to my comment, hey Ydanis how about protecting the safety of pedestrians who cross the street when the light is green and a bike is zooming through an intersection the other way against a red light?
How is it that a small group of bike fanatics basically control the DOT?
Good news. It’s a free for all mind field with cars, vans & trucks parking in the bike lane at all times of the day