Work Starts On Crescent Street Protected Bike Lane

ASTORIA, QUEENS — Work started last week on a two-way protected bike lane along Crescent Street, three months after city transportation officials announced the plan.

The bike lane, which will run between the Queensboro Bridge and Hoyt Avenue, is expected to be completed this fall, according to NYC Department of Transportation spokesperson Lolita Avila.

To facilitate the bike lane addition, Crescent Street was made one-way between 30th Avenue and Newtown Avenue on Thursday.

The Department of Transportation is also eliminating parking between 40th Avenue and Queens Plaza North and between Hoyt Avenue North and Hoyt Avenue South as part of the project.

City officials announced the bike lane plan in mid-May, part of a new web of bike paths intended to create more safe, open space during the coronavirus pandemic.

But construction was delayed while workers repaved Crescent Street, the Department of Transportation spokesperson said. The repaving work wrapped up on Aug. 17.

The bike lane was initially marked with traffic cones and barrels, Streetsblog New York reported on May 28.

Safe streets advocates had spent years pushing for a protected bike path along Crescent, where more than 300 people have gotten injured in crashes since August 2011.