Biking through Oz
Nov 28, 2017 | 7935 views | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

As a Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe biker, I have been biking along Queens Boulevard in the new green bike lanes, serenading myself with the song “Follow the green brick road, follow the green brick road” as I dodge vehicular traffic from all sides in the new bike lane.

Bicyclists "must stay near the right curb or edge of the road, or on a usable right shoulder of the road, to avoid undue interference with other traffic (State Department of Motor Vehicles).

Yet, the bike lanes have been designed and constructed near the left edge of the service road in violation of the bicycle “rule of the right.”

Further, motor vehicular traffic may cross diagonally at some points from the main road, through the bicycle lane onto the service road, and ongoing cars, buses and trucks traverse the bike lane to pass slow or backed up traffic in the single service road.

There are no provisions for law enforcement of illegal motor traffic within the bike lanes, which are only demarcated with yellow-and-white painted lines. Ironically, despite the dangerous hazards of these bike lanes, a bicyclist "must ride in a bicycle lane, if a usable one is available."

We need new safety, environmental, and business impact studies of these nascent bike lanes. To me, this Kafka-esque nightmare is another failed experiment in de Blasio progressive social conditioning.


Joseph N. Manago

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