Transportation advocates urge city to improve pedestrian, cycling conditions in LIC

Transportation advocates call on the city to improve pedestrian and cycling conditions in Long Island City.

Officials from the group Transportation Alternatives said Thomson Ave., which runs alongside LaGuardia Community College, is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

Group members said a city transportation department plan to increase the size of the sidewalk near the college is a step in the right direction but does not do enough. They want to see protected bike lanes and more greenery.

They also want to see 30th St. turned into a pedestrian zone, noting that it would not have too much of an impact on traffic, because the street is typically closed for construction.

"We just want everybody to be safe. And we think the plan the DOT has right now is better than what exists, but it really can be a much grander plan," said Joby Jacob, a volunteer with Eastern Queens Greenway.

"We need to make sure they have a safe way to get to class, a safe way of getting food, going home," said Juan Restrepo of Transportation Alternatives.

In response, a city transportation representative said the department will consider local input.

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