The city will spend more than $900 million over the next five years on expanding bike lanes and other safety measures to help New Yorkers “take back” their streets from dangerous drivers, Mayor Eric Adams announced Saturday amid rising traffic traffic fatalities in the Big Apple.
“This is a historic investment in making our streets safer,” Adams said during a news conference at Brooklyn’s Albee Square pedestrian mall.
“Too many New Yorkers have lost their lives to the traffic violence crisis, and we see cities across the country struggling as much as we do, but this historic investment will allow New Yorkers to walk and bike our city without fear.” ‘ Adams added.
According to NYPD data, traffic fatalities in New York City are up 21.6 percent through April 17 as 62 people — including pedestrians — died in auto accidents, compared to 51 for the same period in 2021.
Adams said his $904 million budget commitment will expand on the goals set out in former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NYC Streets Plan late last year by significantly increasing the mileage of the city’s bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes and bus routes.
This $1.7 billion plan was to cover 10 years and set ambitious goals: 150 miles of designated bus lanes and 250 miles of protected bike lanes within five years, public transit signal priority at nearly 5,000 intersections, and 1 million new square feet of pedestrian space within two years.
Adams also insisted the city would go to work “immediately” to install physical barriers on five “protected” bike lanes. He said the additions would provide half of the 20 miles of protected lanes he previously promised to deliver to New Yorkers by the end of 2023.
Traffic Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said the city still has “much work to do to address reckless driving and the senseless road violence” that plagues its streets and believes the new commitment is a good start.
“This funding will help New Yorkers reduce their reliance on dangerous cars and embrace safer, greener alternatives like bicycling and bicycling [mass] transit,” he said.
To celebrate Car-Free Earth Day, Adams, Rodriguez and other city officials pedaled across the Brooklyn Bridge from City Hall to Albee Square.
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