2014-03-14 / Top Stories

Petition for Bike Lane

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to make the Rockaway Freeway under the A train safer and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists. RWA claims that since there are no ADA accessible sidewalks under the train and the sidewalks that are there are in a hazardous condition, pedestrians and cyclists often resort to using the striped buffers along the freeway to walk and ride along. RWA says that cars often speed along these areas, causing harm to pedestrians and bikers.

As part of “Project Underway,” RWA is hoping that the striped buffers can be turned into official walking and biking areas along the Rockaway Freeway. They have started an online petition to bring awareness of their project to Mayor de Blasio. A letter addressed to the mayor reads, “What we propose is a more efficient use of the Rockaway Freeway. Our drive is to create a safe space for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike to traverse the peninsula easily and less hazardously on Rockaway Freeway. “Project Underway” launched by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance requires your attention and assistance in achieving this goal.”

The petition can be found at


As of March 12th, there were close to 400 signatures. Ten thousand signatures are needed, according to the site.

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Sorry guys but this is

Sorry guys but this is ludicrous. You are completely rebuilding the boardwalk. Are you telling me you cannot put a bike trail along the entire boardwalk with bike lanes coming off of it at areas that are beneficial for commerce. This would totally alleviate the road issues, never mind safety issues. Paths could be figured out to shoot off at raver me by the sea, 116th and every ten blocks or so. What makes it so difficult to see the obvious. Of course this would take years of impact studies and half the people complaining that the offshoots were not directly in front oft heir houses. Look around people think of all your vacations where you saw the perfect setup of bikes cars and pedestrians and do it. You have all the money you need. Do not do this piecemeal. Hope it all works out

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