FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #17-035
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Contact: Scott Gastel/Brian Zumhagen (212) 839-4850
NYC DOT, NYC Council Member Koo and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce Announce Upcoming Workshop on Bike Infrastructure and Safety in Downtown Flushing
The New York City Department of Transportation joined NYC Council Member Peter Koo and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce Thursday to announce an upcoming nighttime public workshop for local residents, business owners, and others to discuss ideas about bike infrastructure and safety in Downtown Flushing.
“Last year the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce asked DOT to put together a workshop focused on cycling infrastructure and bike safety," said DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “This event is one of many conversations we will be having with the public, and we’re excited about the opportunity to have this discussion with the community and put their ideas down on paper.”
“Many parts of Flushing have existing bicycle infrastructure, however it is widely unknown and disconnected,” said Council Member Peter Koo. “This workshop will be a unique opportunity for our community to weigh in on the upside and downside of biking in our neighborhood, and I encourage everyone to participate and make sure their voices are heard. Thank you to the DOT and Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce for working with my office to make this event a reality.”
"We appreciate the support from DOT and Councilman Koo to initiate this important discussion on the future of our community's transportation system,” said John Choe, Executive Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “As Flushing continues to grow, we need to explore all the options for reducing congestion, improving safety, and supporting our businesses.”
The Downtown Flushing Bike Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at the Free Synagogue at 41-60 Kissena Blvd in Downtown Flushing. In addition to discussing bike infrastructure and potential opportunities, DOT will be providing free bike maps and safety materials, including free bike lights and bike bells in recognition of May as Bike Month nationwide.