City council passed legislation to invest $1.7 bn in roadway facilities over 10 years in transfer to enhance security
New York is set to develop more than 250 brand-new bike lanes and include 1m sq feet (92,903 sq meters) of pedestrian area in a landmark relocation created to “break the automobile culture” of the city.
The city board passed legislation today that will see $1.7 bn bought roadway facilities over 10 years in a relocation that it is hoped will change city streets and drastically enhance security for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The New York city board speaker, Corey Johnson, who presented the “streets master strategy” costs and is expected to run for mayor in 2021, stated after the vote: “The method we prepare our streets now makes no sense and New Yorkers pay the rate every day, stuck on sluggish buses or risking their own security biking without safeguarded bike lanes … I wish to entirely change how we share our street area, which’s what this costs does.
“This is a roadmap to breaking the cars and truck culture in a thoughtful, detailed method, and I am so happy to pass this costs today.”
While biking is on the increase in New York– the number who ride a number of times a month grew by 26% in between 2012 and 2017, according to the city’s newest biking patterns report — more bicyclists are passing away.
So far this year there have actually been 25 bicyclist deaths, the greatest number in 20 years, and pedestrian and bicyclist deaths have actually increased by 24%.