Will QBB Study See the Light?
Since 2002, the Department of
City Planning has studied bicycle and pedestrian safety and access improments on
the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge, yet it has not held one public
meeting or released a draft of the study for public comment. City Planning
should release the study without delay.
Amanda Burden, Director
Read the latest news on the Queensboro Bridge.
In May 2003, the NYC Taxi and
Limousine Commission unveiled its much improved Passenger Information Sticker,
featuring graphics and text reminding passengers to “Watch for Bicyclists” and
“Exit Curbside.” Over the winter, Taxi Commission officials told T.A. that the
new stickers would appear in the city’s 12,000 taxicabs shortly after May 2004’s
fare increase. As of printing, there is no sign of the stickers.
Read the latest news on the taxis.
In December 2002, the DOT opened a new bicycle and pedestrian path on the Williamsburg Bridge. The new path is spacious and fully ramped on both sides. Unfortunately, the 26 metal expansion joint covers that cross the width of the path are hazards to the 1,500 people who walk and bike across the bridge each day. They need to be removed.
T.A., elected officials, Community Boards and community groups have asked the DOT to remove the bumps. The bumps have caused a number of bicyclists to crash and severely injure themselves. Many are now suing the City for its negligence in not removing the bumps.
Read the latest news on the Williamsburg Bridge.