Aug 30, 2017 | 9798 views | 0 0 comments | 185 185 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

As a New Yorker, I would like to see politicians or community boards stand up and say these bike lanes on major thoroughfares in Brooklyn and Queens was a huge mistake and a waste of taxpayer money.

To my knowledge, Community Board 4 in Queens was the only one that stood up to Mayor Bill de Blasio and said no to bike lanes, but the mayor said do it anyway. Who cares what they think!

Do the mayor, DOT officials or politicians ever drive "themselves" down Queens Boulevard, either in the service road or the main road, and see what a mess these bike lanes did to the normal flow of traffic?

Cyclists can get to whatever part of the city they want to get by riding on side streets, which are much safer than fighting with delivery and garbage trucks, emergency vehicles, buses and other cars.

Drivers have to have a license, registration, insurance, yearly inspections, seat belts, working head and tail lights, etc. Cyclists do not need any of these things, and do not have to pay for any upkeep of these bike lanes.

Just like some drivers who break the law with reckless driving, I have seen firsthand cyclists going through red lights, ignoring hand signals to change lanes, and talking on the phone. Enforcement has to be both ways on cyclists and drivers.


Kathleen Schatz

Rego Park

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