Save Lives! Ban Bikes on Queens Boulevard

Save Lives! Ban Bikes on Queens Boulevard

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FOREST HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUEENS started this petition to Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce and
The proposed bike lanes that would run from Yellowstone Blvd through Forest Hills and Kew Gardens have been a hot topic for many, many months now. The fact is that Queens Blvd is a very dangerous place to ride your bike. The existing bike lanes starting in Rego Park (going toward Manhattan) DO NOT make bike riding safer. Cars and buses not to mention trucks can easily swerve into the narrow bike lane hitting a rider. The exit ramps that cross over the bike lanes are very dangerous too. Vehicles can not see bikers or other motorist the way the you have to angle your car to get off. And as we all know car accidents happen! Riders are at risk. In snow, ice and rain I have seen riders skid and fall. With cars zooming past and little visibility, if you are laying on the ground the outcome is not good! Queens Boulevard is really a highway and it is only common sense that riding your bike on a highway is not the way to go! The space lost due to the exiting Queens Boulevard bike lanes make it difficult for bigger vehicles like buses and trucks as well as emergency vehicles to proceed along Queens Boulevard without spilling over into the bike lanes. We need to address these issues and not add to them.
The next problem is Small Community Businesses. The proposed bike lanes will help destroy the Forest Hills and Kew Gardens small businesses. It has already happened in Rego Park due to the installation of bike lanes there. We must preserve our neighborhoods and the shops and service businesses that make a community thrive. The bike lanes will result in the loss of 300 parking spaces along Queens Boulevard, not to mention how may customers during the course of a day when you factor in the turn over rate of the spots. Who wants to invest in homes, condos, co-ops and or pay high rents in a community that does not have the shops and services needed to make a community thrive. The loss of parking affects everyone from people going to their doctor or dentist, dropping off kids at ballet, music class etc and so on. When small businesses close it also means a loss of jobs for all who work there including delivery people, and loss of revenue the businesses provided to the suppliers that served them. Losing parking means losing so much more than the parking itself. It means losing a big part of our community and the residents it serves.


We need to say No to Bike Lanes on Queens Blvd. We need to meet the needs of tens of thousands of residents, not just a handful of bike enthusiasts.

I am the executive director of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. I am a life long resident and a former Forest Hills business owner. I know first hand what the impact of losing parking means to all of the businesses in Forest Hills. We already know that there is not enough parking spaces available to shoppers and visitors that need them. To risk jeopardizing the economy in Forest Hills for the handful of bikers that would use the bike lanes seems very unfair to thousands of others that come to Forest Hills and live here. An alternative to Queens Blvd Bike Lanes must be found and fair unbiased studies made by independent researchers need to made.
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