While some Queens resident spent part of the weekend celebrating the addition of a new protected bike lane, others say a growing number of accidents are proof its made a local roadway more dangerous.
On Sunday, bicyclists in Douglaston hit the road to celebrate the addition of new protected bike lanes along Northern Boulevard.
The Douglaston Local Development Corporation & local businesses hosted a celebratory bike ride to show their support for the addition.
The group’s 8-mile bike ride began, using the new bike lane, cyclists then traveled along nearby bike routes.
The event ended in a new public plaza adjacent to the Douglaston LIRR station.
Meantime, some other residents are taking to Facebook to document what they say is proof the same bike lane is dangerous.
A photo posted on the social media website shows what is alleged to be another accident caused by the bike lane barrier put in along Northern Boulevard and 223rd street in Bayside near the ramp for the Cross Island Parkway.
Last week, NY1 learned that DOT officials met with Community Board 11 members to discuss plans to work on a solution to the problem.
The bike lane was installed after a cyclist was killed there but those opposed to it have said the change has made driving more difficult.
They point to a handful of recent accidents at the location as proof.
One Facebook user reported that the latest incident took place on Friday, November 10th.
Community Board members estimate that its plan to make some changes to the bike lane would cost between $600,000 and $1.2 million.