Calls for action after man killed in Crescent bike lane
by Benjamin Fang
Nov 18, 2020 | 145 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 35-year-old Mexican immigrant delivery worker riding an electric scooter was struck and killed by a Bud Light tractor trailer in Astoria last Thursday morning.

According to the NYPD, the truck collided with Alfredo Cabrera Liconia at the intersection of Astoria Boulevard and Crescent Street, where a two-way bike lane was recently installed.

The 55-year-old truck operator remained at the scene. Liconia was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital/Queens, where he later died. There have been no arrests, authorities said, and the investigation remains ongoing.

According to a GoFundMe page organized by assemblyman-elect Zohran Mamdani to benefit his family, Liconia came to New York nearly a decade ago to provide for his wife and two children, who still live in Mexico.

“At the time of his death, he was planning to visit Mexico for the first time since he left to finally meet his youngest son,” the description reads, “who was born after he came to the United States.”

The GoFundMe, which has a goal of collecting $10,000, has already raised more than $6,000 for his family.

In a lengthy statement released after Liconia’s death, Mamdani said for months, advocates and neighbors have told the Department of Transportation (DOT) that the Crescent Street bike lane is not safe enough.

“Every day, cars and trucks blow past the flexible delineators that supposedly protect it,” he said. “That’s because they’re designed for drives to ignore.”

Mamdani and other Astoria elected officials wrote to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg last month asking the city to install Qwick Curbs or Jersey barriers in place of the flex delineators at key points of the bike lane, including at Astoria Boulevard where Liconia was killed.

Instead, the assemblyman said, DOT only installed one block of Qwick Curbs.

“Commissioner Trottenberg must take immediate action to install appropriate safety infrastructure for the Crescent Street bike lane at the points identified in our original letter to her before any more lives are lost,” he said. “My office will aggressively pursue this issue until that happens.”

Danny Harris, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, noted in a statement that this year more than 200 people have died on New York City’s streets. If the rate of death continues through the end of 2020, it will be the most deadly year during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure, he said.

On Sunday, in honor of World Day of Remembrace for Road Traffic Victims, Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets hosted a rally at City Hall Park demanding that the mayor take action.

“While street safety advocates fought for and won a two-way protected bike lane on Crescent Street in Queens, the Department of Transportation chose to deploy nothing more than flexible plastic delineator posts to separate people on bikes and scooters from multi-ton motorized vehicles,” Harris said. “This “protected” bike lane was not protected.

“Another person is dead because our city has once again compromised safety in the name of driver convenience,” he added.
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