Short term inconveniences bring long term benefits.

Short-term inconveniences brings long-term benefits.

I'd like to correct my previous post. THIS Photo shows the BIKE PATH Exit on the Westbound L.I.E. Service Road. If you ride your bike through here, and head North on the path in Alley Pond Park, it comes out on Northern Boulevard (at the end of 234th street ). There are No markings, you have to figure it out for yourself.

I rode into Queens on Friday. I went South on Glen Cove Road, West on L.I.E. Service Road, South on Springfield Blvd, and West on Jamaica Avenue. Was able to get the bike on an off-peak train East out of Jamaica. 22 miles. I did notice , while I was slightly off course, that the Bike Lanes on 233rd St. have been moved together to the South side of that road, as a bi-directional bikeway. Asphalt is very fresh , and the BIKE LANE markings haven't been painted yet (or is it thermoplastic? They don't use paint anymore). I credit using a rear view mirror and a 2 watt LED Brake light (which is the equivalent of 20 watts ) for not having any problems on the way . The Bike Path in Alley Pond Park isn't much help, I should've stayed on Douglaston Turnpike. But the fact is, I've got over $400.00 Dollars worth of LED Lights on my bike, the average person riding a bike wouldn't bother to have that many lights, and would probably think it's okay to ride without lights because it's daytime. I'm staying on the side of caution, keeping in mind that lights are required in daytime for Motorcycles. Anyway, I ride with 1,100 lumens of Lights on my bike in the daytime, and I have no problems.

The bike lane on 223 Street is part of what is causing this problem. It takes multiple red lights before you can go the one block from 46th Avenue onto Northern Blvd. during many times of day. Therefore, people are going to rush to make the light more than they used to. There needs to be a right turn lane on 223 Street.

This bike lane is a tremendous hazard, not only at this intersection, but at the Cross Island North entrance ramp a couple hundred feet east. I am an avid biker myself, but I would never in a million years want to cross that intersection alone or with my family on bikes. Even though I travel that route often, I have difficulty figuring out the logic, or rhythm of the light pattern. It's just off. The light is confusing to drivers and bikers alike. I've witnessed many near fender benders, and confused bikers impacted by the strange timing of the light sequence. This intersection is not in any way safer than it was previously to the bike lane being constructed. I fear what will happen to bike riders when they become more active with the warmer weather. People are going to get seriously hurt.

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