Almost eight years after Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced his Imaginative and prescient Zero initiative to guard pedestrians and cyclists, the mayor is poised to announce that his administration will set up devoted bike lanes on the Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges.
The “radical new plan,” first reported by the Occasions and slated to be introduced through the mayor’s State of the Metropolis speech on Thursday evening, known as “Bridges for the Individuals,” in line with an e mail from the Mayor’s Workplace.
“On the Brooklyn Bridge, we’ll ban automobiles from the innermost lane of the Manhattan-bound aspect to remodel it right into a two-way protected bike lane and switch the present shared promenade house into an area only for pedestrians,” the e-mail states. “On the Queensboro Bridge, we’ll start building this 12 months to transform the north outer roadway right into a two-way bike-only lane and convert the south outer roadway to a two-way pedestrians-only lane.”
A spokesperson for Metropolis Corridor stated that the purpose was to finish the Brooklyn Bridge bike lane by the top of 2021. The Queensboro lane will take “barely longer lead time.”
Biking charges over town’s East River bridges into Manhattan have roughly doubled because the pandemic started, as tens of hundreds of New Yorkers have turned to biking over mass transit or car use, a part of a worldwide biking increase. Transit advocates and metropolis planners have criticized the de Blasio administration for being sluggish to adapt. The DOT has been kicking round designs for a brand new bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge since 2016.
On Twitter, there was a lot rejoicing from cyclists and pedestrians on the information of the brand new bike lanes, particularly those that have lengthy loathed risking life and limb on the dangerously crowded promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge.
In 2019, a median of 16,500 pedestrians crossed the bridge every day.
That is additionally nice information for vacationers & pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge, who will not should concern getting run over by pissed off bikers compelled to share a path with them.
— Sam Feldman 🌹 (@srfeld) January 28, 2021
In October, a bunch of elected officers marched over the Queensboro Bridge to demand extra space of cyclists and pedestrians.
“Changing automobile lanes into bike lanes on two of our most necessary bridges is a big leap ahead for New York Metropolis,” stated Danny Harris, the manager director of Transportation Options, in a press release. “We sit up for working with the de Blasio administration on this important new undertaking and different efforts to enhance infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians on bridges and streets throughout the 5 boroughs.”
There are presently 545 miles of protected bike lanes within the metropolis, and 524 miles of typical painted lanes, whereas there are 6,300 miles of streets overseen by the DOT. The de Blasio administration constructed 35 miles of normal bike lanes in 2020, and was on observe to complete 25 miles of protected lanes, 5 miles in need of their purpose.
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