Help Re-Name Part of Queens Blvd in Honor of Young Fallen Cyclist

Help Re-Name Part of Queens Blvd in Honor of Young Fallen Cyclist

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MOUMITA RAHMAN started this petition to Queens NY Residents

in 2008, a beautiful soul, Asif Rahman, was crushed from behind by a truck while riding his bicycle on Queens Boulevard. He was returning from his 2nd day of work at his new job as an elementary school teacher's aide.

He was 22 years old when he died. Since his death in 2008, a decade-long effort of activism by his mother, Lizi Rahman, the Transportation Alternative, and Families for Safe Streets has spurred focus and attention on the growing need for accessible bicycle lanes and pedestrian safety in New York City.

Now, after almost 10 years, we finally have a protected bike lane on Queens Boulevard! With its construction, hundreds of New Yorkers can now (more) safely ride their bicycles to school and work, not only helping the environment, but helping save money and improve overall transportation efforts in NYC. The bike lane is a great complement to the Citibikes that are now available throughout NYC and which encourage bike riding by all.

Asif was a bright young poet and musician who had a beautiful spirit and was loved by many people. He worked at the Trader Joe's in Union Square, and performed beat boxing and spoken word poetry on the trains in his spare time. He was known by his stage name as the Metaphysical Lyrical Wizard and is affectionately remembered as Meta by his friends.

The NYC guidelines for renaming a street states that individual prospective honorees whose death "leads to a greater awareness within society of the cause of death, and a concerted effort to address the problem" are candidates for being honored by a street name change.  

Here, Asif's death has brought great attention to the need for improved street safety on Queens Boulevard, and the need for an accessible bike lane and has increased safe bicyclist access in Queens. His legacy is a safer transportation alternative for all NYC residents.

I can think of no greater honor than to remember him than by renaming the portion of Queens Boulevard where he died the "Asif Rahman Way." Please help us make that a reality!

As a technicality, we need 75% of the business owners and residents of the block we are trying to rename to sign this petition. If you know anyone residing or working on Queens Boulevard between Grand Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, we are seeking their signature!

All Queens and NYC residents appreciated for their support <3

 

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