(DNAINFO) Jeanmarie Evelly | December 28, 2015 — Queens Boulevard’s reputation as the “Boulevard of Death” may be changing.
The roadway’s recently installed bike lanes were ranked among the best new bike paths built in the country this year, according to an annual list from the national cycling group People for Bikes, which also included projects in cities such as Lincoln, Neb. and Cambridge, Mass.
Queens Boulevard’s bike lanes — installed this summer between Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street, the first phase in a $100 million redesign of the street — were selected because of their location on the notoriously dangerous and heavily trafficked roadway, the organization said.
“This is not a super easy place to do this,” said People for Bikes president Tim Blumenthal. “But my understanding is that the de Blasio administration is firmly behind it, and it happened relatively quickly and that it’s been popular.”