Bike lanes coming to CB5
by Andrew Shilling
May 01, 2013 | 11029 views | 3 3 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 5 Transportation Committee
Community Board 5 Transportation Committee
Onderdonk Avenue
Onderdonk Avenue
Some of the more heavily trafficked streets in Community Board 5may soon see the addition of various bicycle infrastructure.

While it has not yet been decided where exactly, CB5 district manager Gary Giordano said he heard of possible areas throughout the district boundaries under consideration.

“There have been discussions previously for Onderdonk and Woodward avenues in Ridgewood,” Giordano said. “These are discussions going back to the Ridgewood Property Owners who wrote something to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT).”

At the last CB5 Transportation Committee meeting, board member John Maier said the Department of Planning’s transportation department has already had talks over bringing bike infrastructure to the neighborhood.

“We have met with City Planning transportation department, who is taking the lead on behalf of Transportation because the bike transportation group is so busy,” Maier said at the meeting last Wednesday evening at the community board’s district office at 61-23 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood.

While the plan is still in the preliminary stages, Maier stressed the importance of community involvement in the development process to help decide which areas most suitable.

A community forum to gather input from local residents will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maspeth High School, 54-40 74th Street.

“We don’t really see Myrtle as a positive use for this,” Maier said. “Definitely not for a bike lane because it’s too narrow.”

He did however suggest the possibility of bike sharrows, a marking on the street that indicates bike space and guidelines for constricted roadways.

“When I’m driving on Myrtle, and there’s a bicyclist riding next to parked cars, I’m frequently driving on or over the double yellow line,” Giordano said.

According to Giordano, the transportation committee has also looked into adding bike racks to old or unused meter posts.

Theresa Roman, a resident of Onderdonk Avenue for the last 30 years, says she would support bike accessibility on her street, but only if the community’s needs are heard.

“As long as it doesn’t take parking away then I’m for it,” Roman said. “Parking around here is already hard enough to begin with. With alternate side rules we can’t even find parking for the cars.”

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May 08, 2013
Dear car owners, who gave you the idea that the City owes you a parking spot for your polluting, noisy gas-guzzling machine? You live in a City where a car is a luxury, not a necessity. Nobody owes you a parking space. Bikes are the future. Get used to it.

The City Bike share program eliminated something like 35 parking spots so far, which can now be used to park over 600 bikes. In other words the same space being monopolized by 35 people can now be shared by over 600 people. That's progress. Get used to it.
May 05, 2013
What is wrong with the city? First --the traffice is horrible, 2nd - parking is difficult to find and now they want to add additonal problems - whose idea was this??
May 06, 2013
Bike lanes in Ridgewood have been in the city's master bike plan since 1997 - developed during the Giuliani administration. There's nothing wrong with the city - it's finally following through on a promise to provide infrastructure for all street users, not just cars.