In 2003, the Department of Transportation proposed pedestrian plazas and daylighting on Queens Boulevard. The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce opposed this, fearing loss of business. Business improved.
In 2008 the DOT proposed bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues, not just as a cyclist amenity but as a pedestrian safety measure. The Chamber supported them. Business improved.
In 2010 the Chamber proposed extended parking hours on Queens Boulevard, not just as a driver amenity but as a pedestrian safety measure. The DOT reluctantly agreed. Business improved.
What is the common thread here? Not parking. Not bike lanes. The common thread is pedestrian safety.
Sometimes the DOT is wrong. Sometimes the Chamber is wrong. Pedestrian safety is always good for business.
The City has proposed moving parking lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenue to protect the bike lanes, and eliminating some of the driving lanes. This would also create safe areas for pedestrians to stand when crossing the avenues. The Chamber has opposed this, fearing loss of business. What do you think will happen?
Pedestrian safety is always good for business. Please tell Jimmy Van Bramer and Community Board 2 that you support these pedestrian safety measures. And tell the Chamber and your local businesses that you are disappointed that they are petitioning against pedestrian safety.