2011-06-24 / Letters

Hostility Against Bike Riders

Dear Editor,

I was aghast at the reaction of the community board on the June 14 presentation by the DOT on the safe streets project around the Beach 56 Street area.

Not only was it revealed that homework (Transportation Committee) was not done, but by throwing up a “roadblock,“ CB14 basically voted to jinx a multi-million dollar investment in our community.

How can one possibly justify this.

The hostility towards bike riders by the Rockaway community in general, and community board in particular, makes me very uncomfortable. The members of the community board might do well to remember that they represent all residents, which means also the bike riding people and pedestrians.

The fact that the community board did not fight for the inclusion of separate bike paths on any new road that are planned and built on the peninsula is a lasting blemish on their reputation. If we had safe bike paths, our children could go to school by bike, and thus diminish the crowded streets everyone is complaining about.

I, for one, would like at least one person on the community board to stand up for bike riders. Maybe you can create a committee?

May I suggest you contemplate this issue over the summer recess by getting on a bike and finding out how bike riders put their life at risk every time they hit the road. Then we can all look forward to the September CB 14 meeting attended by trim, fit and healthier community board members.

MARLEN WAAIJER

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