DOT constructed largest 1-year protected bike lane expansion in NYC history: de Blasio

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The New York City Department of Transportation has constructed a record 28.6 lane miles of new protected bike lanes across all five boroughs in 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.

Combined with another 35.2 miles of conventional bike lanes, 83 miles of car-free Open Streets, more than 10,800 Open Restaurants on city streets and sidewalk, and 16.3 miles of new bus lanes – another one-year record – the city’s streetscape was transformed more dramatically during 2020 than in any year in modern history.

“Our city has reimagined our streets as we’ve fought back the COVID-19 crisis. That means more space for restaurants and businesses, faster options for bus riders, and more ways than ever to accommodate the cycling boom with new protected bike lanes,” said de Blasio. “Record numbers of bike lanes and bus lanes will change our urban landscape forever – and, as we continue our fight to build a fairer and better city, we won’t stop here.”

The city’s total bike lane network is at 1,375 lane miles, 545 of which are protected miles, including nearly 170 miles on street.

The DOT also completed over 70 Street Improvement Projects  across the boroughs and is on track to meet the Green Wave Plan goal of installing over 80 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of 2021, and adding 75 miles of bicycle infrastructure in Bicycle Priority Districts by 2022.

“As unprecedented as this year has been, I sincerely applaud everyone at DOT for being able to implement a record number of protected bike lanes this year,” said Acting DOT Commissioner Margaret Forgione. “We have seen a tremendous shift towards cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic and predict the trend will continue even after the city recovers, so it is imperative we continue growing our bike network and keep cyclists safe.”