Over 15 miles of new physically protected bike lanes are coming to New York City this year as part of the Vision Zero safe streets initiative, announced officials earlier this month.
“We know bike lanes calm traffic and reduce the chance of crashes,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Even after the safest year ever recorded on our streets, our Vision Zero efforts will expand the network of protected bike lanes even farther, so we can have safer streets for all our people.”
“Under the mayor’s leadership on Vision Zero, new protected bike lanes are providing a network that is helping New York City make cycling a safer and even more viable transportation option,” added Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “With success stories like a transformed Queens Boulevard and an award from Bicycling magazine as the nation’s best cycling city, we are looking forward to doing even more in the next year.”
Building on the 12 miles of physically protected bike lanes created in 2015, this year’s installations will mark the most in a single year.
New lanes will be coming to the Marine Park Connector, along Avenue U to Flatbush Avenue, and to the Pulaski Bridge, which connects Greenpoint to Long Island City, among other locations.