July 19, 2013 Staff Report
Long Island City and Sunnyside are set to receive nine extra miles of bike lanes.
The Department of Transportation is set to put them down by the end of the year—taking the total number of bike lanes in the Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City neighborhoods to 21 miles.
The vast majority of the new lanes will be located in Long Island City.
The lanes will not take away any parking spots and will provide connections to Brooklyn via the Pulaski Bridge.
The announcement comes just months before the Citi Bike share program is expected to roll out in Long Island City. Local politicians and business groups are also pushing for Sunnyside, Woodside and Astoria to get access to the program.
The new lanes will provide safer east-west connections to the East River Ferry and Sunnyside, and north-south connections from the Pulaski Bridge to Astoria, according to the Department of Transportation.
Buffered bike lanes will be installed on 49th Avenue from the Pulaski Bridge to 21st Avenue, and on the 39th Avenue Bridge from Skillman Avenue to Northern Boulevard.
Bike lanes will be striped on 49th and 51st Avenues, as well as sections of 11th Street and 11th Place.
Shared lanes will be installed on 11th Street (btw. 44th Drive and Queens Plaza
South); on 50th and 51st avenues (south of Vernon Blvd.); 47th Avenue (btw. Skillman and 51th Street); and 39th Avenue (btw. Roosevelt Ave. and Northern Blvd).
The plans were approved by Community Board 2 last month.
For plan details, please click here.