Co-name Queens Blvd in Honor of Asif Rahman

In 2008, a beautiful soul, my son Asif Rahman was crushed from behind by a truck while riding his bicycle on Queens Boulevard. He was returning from his 2nd day of work at his new job as an elementary school teacher's aide.

He was 22 years old when he died. Since his death in 2008, a decade-long effort of grassroots activism by his family, Transportation Alternatives, and Families for Safe Streets has spurred focus and attention on the growing need for accessible bicycle lanes and pedestrian safety in New York City.

Help us remember Asif. Sign this petition to co-name Queens Boulevard between 55th Ave and 55th Rd "Asif Rahman Way." 

Now, after more than a decade of advocacy, we have fundamentally redesigned most of Queens Boulevard with protected bike lanes and safer streets for walking. Thousands of New Yorkers are safely riding their bicycles and walking to school and work, not only helping the environment but also saving money and making more forms of transportation accessible.

The NYC guidelines for renaming a street states that individual prospective honorees whose death "leads to a greater awareness within society of the cause of death, and a concerted effort to address the problem" are candidates for being honored by a street name change.  Asif's death has brought great attention to the need for improved street safety on Queens Boulevard, and the need for an accessible bike lane and has increased safe bicyclist access in Queens. 

Asif was a bright young poet and musician who had a beautiful spirit and was loved by many people. He worked at the Trader Joe's in Union Square, and performed beat boxing and spoken word poetry on the trains in his spare time. He was known by his stage name as the Metaphysical Lyrical Wizard and is affectionately remembered as Meta by his friends.

I can think of no greater honor than to remember him than by renaming the portion of Queens Boulevard where he died "Asif Rahman Way." Please help us make that a reality by signing the petition and sharing it with friends and family.

Thank you

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Council Member Dromm, Community Board 4
In 2008, Asif Rahman was crushed from behind by a truck while riding his bicycle on Queens Boulevard. He was returning from his 2nd day of work at his new job as an elementary school teacher's aide.

He was 22 years old when he died. Since his death in 2008, a decade-long effort of grassroots activism by his family, Transportation Alternatives, and Families for Safe Streets has spurred focus and attention on the growing need for accessible bicycle lanes and pedestrian safety in New York City.

Now, after more than a decade of advocacy, we have fundamentally redesigned most of Queens Boulevard with protected bike lanes and safer streets for walking. Thousands of New Yorkers are safely riding their bicycles and walking to school and work, not only helping the environment but also saving money and making more forms of transportation accessible.

Help us remember Asif. Co-name Queens Boulevard between 55th Ave and 55th Rd "Asif Rahman Way."

We look forward to your support to make this a reality.
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