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Mayor De Blasio Overrides Queens Community Board to Add...

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is overriding a vote that would prevent bike lanes from being built on a section of Queens Boulevard. 

Earlier this week, Queens Community Board 4 voted against a plan to build the bike lanes until what they call a more “community driven” plan can be established.  But while speaking on WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show", the Mayor said he is standing firm on fixing what he calls one of the most dangerous roads in Queens.

“The most important thing is the safety of our people,” The Mayor said.  “This is a protected bike lane, the most sophisticated type of bike lane.  We have lost people on Queens Boulevard; we’re not going to allow it to happen anymore.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz disagrees, and calls the mayor's override an “imposition by the administration.”  She says safety should be a shared priority, and there must be a better way to involve the community in making decisions about bike lanes.