NYC’s “Cycling Boom” Gets Boost With Several New Public Projects


Getting across the metropolis on a two-wheeler could change into an much more ubiquitous and hassle-free expertise due to a number of bike-friendly tasks introduced this week.

Amongst them is the Division of Transportation’s lofty objective of putting in a complete of 10,000 bike racks, which officers kicked off Friday. Commissioner Hank Gutman welcomed the set up of the six new racks within the east Bronx, together with separate intersections at Bronx Park East—one on Unionport Street and the opposite at Bronxdale Avenue. Each racks have been positioned close to the Bronx River Greenway, an 8-mile path that connects from Soundview within the South Bronx to Nereid Avenue on the Bronx-Westchester County border. Different racks have been put in in Pelham Bay this previous week.

The set up of all new racks is anticipated to be accomplished by the top of 2022, including to the prevailing 28,000 racks throughout town.

Gutman referred to as the initiative a part of the DOT’s general plan to accommodate “town’s biking growth.”

“Bike parking indicators that biking is secure, welcome, and out there for New Yorkers,” stated Danny Harris, Government Director of Transportation Alternate options. “We additionally sit up for upcoming security enhancements within the East Bronx, which is able to align with our NYC 25×25 imaginative and prescient to present extra road house to folks and assist us attain our Imaginative and prescient Zero targets.”

The DOT’s program announcement comes two weeks after the DOT introduced a brand new e-scooter ride-sharing pilot program that can launch within the Bronx neighborhoods of Soundview, Throggs Neck, Eastchester, and Co-op Metropolis this spring. The record of e-scooter corporations haven’t but been introduced.

Maggie Scott Greenfield, govt director of the Bronx River Alliance, which appears to be like to beautify the Bronx River, referred to as the applications an “funding” for the Bronx.

“Extra bicycle racks and safer road connections to the Bronx River Greenway connects our communities to the paths and inexperienced areas across the river and encourages wholesome, lively transportation,” Greenfield stated. “We sit up for the completion of those tasks and the growth of transportation choices for the folks of the Bronx.”

The announcement of the rack program comes because the state can be making commitments to create a smoother using expertise within the metropolis. On Friday the Cuomo administration introduced a $5 million earmark to the Hudson River Park Belief for the development of a pedestrian and bike path between West 57th and 59th streets in Manhattan. In keeping with a press launch, the creation of the paths—erected on piles over the Hudson River—will create a “seamless hyperlink” to the Empire State Path whereas increasing the width of the trail to be 40 toes.

In saying the information, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated it will “make commutes and recreation extra pleasing for each the local people and 1000’s of tourists.”