De Blasio announces new bike and bus lanes coming to NYC for ‘Street Week’
Mayor Bill de Blasio says that New York City is focusing on bringing more bike and bus lanes for “Street Week.”
The mayor says more and more people are riding bikes and that the city is committed to building at least 30 miles of protected bike lanes in areas such as the Brooklyn Bridge.
Bike boulevards are also coming across the city.
Cyclists can anticipate boulevards on 21st Street in South Slope and on Jackson Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the Bronx.
De Blasio says the vision is to make it safer for cyclists to travel throughout New York City.
The city is adding 28 miles of new and improved busways and bus lanes with a big focus in the Bronx.
New bus lanes will be coming to University Avenue, Store Avenue and Gun Hill Road.
“Speaking of the Bronx, we’re talking about more bus lanes, bus boarding islands, to make getting on and off the bus safer for the passenger, protected bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements,” de Blasio says. “We’re also improving to give priority to buses in terms of traffic lights.”
The mayor says New Yorkers can start seeing the new changes by the end of 2021.
Anyone who hasn't gotten to ride a bike this year can also receive a free two-week Citi Bike membership when they get the coronavirus vaccine.
The MTA released a statement saying, “We are encouraged by 28 miles of new and improved busways and bus lanes along with other proposed priority treatments. The Mayor’s announcement more than doubles the number of busways, which have proven to be the ultimate way to speed up buses and reduce travel time – another great step forward for bus riders. We know that a high-performing bus system is one of the keys to New York’s recovery.”