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Milty here. I’ve lived in the city a while and for years I’ve commuted to work on my bike. If you ride in NYC you know how unpredictable and downright unsafe some of the streets and intersections are. Even with the welcome addition of miles of bike lanes (and fuck you the people who park in them) this year has turned out to be one of the deadliest so far; 25 biker deaths compared to 10 all of last year.

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This has always been an big initiative of Mayor Bill de Blasio, and now it’s city council’s also. Per Curbed:

The City Council passed a $1.7 billion plan that will drastically expand protected bike lanes as part of a sweeping effort to overhaul the city’s streetscape.

The legislation seeks to overhaul how New Yorkers bike, bus, and walk through the five boroughs by requiring the city to build 250 miles of protected bike lanes and 150 miles of dedicated bus lanes over a five-year period. It also calls for one million square feet of new pedestrian space within the first two years, along with new signaling technology and accessibility upgrades throughout the city.

The effort is expected to unfold over the next decade. The first master plan is due December 2021, with the second slated for 2026. The latter is set to complete the city’s bike lane network—something transportation advocates have long demanded.

The bill was co-sponsored by 25 Council members and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Lawmakers in support of the ambitious plan emphasized that the effort is not a push toward eliminating cars from the city, but instead is a shift away from car-centric design with safety improvements geared toward improving quality of life and safety on city streets for all.

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