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Bike Lanes Not Bombs

By Lynne

The NY Daily News began referring to Queens Blvd as the “Boulevard of Death” several years ago. It is still an apt description — approximately 100 pedestrians and cyclists are hit by cars or trucks on that main artery each year.

Just last month, a 76-year-old woman was killed along a stretch in Sunnyside.

Back in February, 22-year-old Queens resident Asif Rahman was struck and killed in Elmhurst while cycling home. A ghost bike marks the spot, a reminder of the tragedy.

At a press conference on Sunday, his mother Lizi Rahman spoke eloquently about the need for a dedicated bike lane on Queens Boulevard to make sure no family loses another loved one, and so that her son’s death would not be in vain.

For those who claim wearing a bike helmet is sufficient protection, and that bike lanes aren’t necessary, Asif’s mother graphically explained that Asif’s head and face were untouched; it was his chest area that was crushed when he was struck by a truck.

But his sister, Moumita, was there to hold the city accountable. The NY Daily News quoted her:

“I believe that the city has committed and continues to commit an act of negligence by promoting...bicycle riding without providing the necessary and adequate safeguards."

Queens Boulevard is not yet included in the Mayor’s plan to build 200 miles of bike lanes across the city in the next three years. Why not?

I mean, really – it’s the Boulevard of Death.

As far as the title of this post, it’s a blatant rip-off: Bikes Not Bombs is the name of organization in Boston that has promoted bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction for 23 years.

Twenty-three years.

That’s longer than Asif Rahman was allowed to live.

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