I read with interest Jen Khedaroo's report of the Community Board 6 discussion of bike lanes that appeared in the October 26th issue. The article did not mention the most important action that can be taken to alleviate traffic congestion: enforcing the no-double-parking law.
The problems caused by double-parked cars existed long before bike lanes were created, so it's not fair to tie the two issues together.
The article also mentioned residents' valid concerns regarding air pollution. It would seem logical that those who care about air quality would favor increased bicycle use so, again, I do not see a logical cause-and-effect relationship between bike lanes and traffic congestion.
I am not a cyclist, but I am a Rego Park resident concerned about maintaining the excellent quality of life we enjoy. Promoting use of bicycles, especially for doing local errands, would reduce the number of cars on the road, which seems to be the worthy goal of those who spoke at the community board meeting.
I encourage the community board, local merchants and interested citizens to sit down and figure out a compromise that will work for everyone instead of pointing fingers and placing blame.