EAST ELMHURST — The Department of Transportation has proposed a bike lane that can connect northwest Queens residents to more parks and transportation, an exciting step for bike activists who have been pushing for better access.
The proposed route will go from the waterfront in Astoria along 31st Avenue, through Woodside and East Elmhurst, to connect with the Flushing Bay Promenade, according to the DOT.
It will pass many green spaces, including Astoria Park, Socrates Sculpture Park and St. Michael's Playground.
And it provides a vital connector for cyclists headed to other transportation and green spaces, according to members of the Queens Bike Initiative.
Queens Bike Initiative has campaigned for better bike lane access and last summer launched a petition and routes for inventive rides around Queens.
"This bike lane will increase park access and life quality to 500,000 people living in Astoria, East Elmhurst, Ditmars, Jackson Heights and Corona," organizers said.
The DOT's proposal doesn't include the loss of any driving lanes or parking spaces, they noted.
DOT representatives presented the plan to Community Board 1's transportation committee March 8, according to the agency.
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