Mayor de Blasio and New York City DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman have announced that in 2021, the DOT will “create a record-breaking series of dedicated bus priority projects,” install 30 miles of protected bike lanes, and build “Bike Boulevards,” which will aim to “slow vehicular speeds and limit volumes to create low-stress bike infrastructure in a pedestrian-friendly environment.”
Bus lane improvements will include “new red paint and markings, signal improvements, pedestrian safety and clearer signage.” A press release from the City states this will include projects on 1st and 2nd Avenues, among other locations throughout the boroughs.
In its summary of protected bike lanes, the press release also mentions “East 61st and 62nd Street, Manhattan/Northern Blvd, Queens: Connecting midtown to the Queensboro Bridge and the 34th Ave Open Street in Jackson Heights.”
Mayor de Blasio rode a Citi Bike to City Hall this morning, where he held a press conference to address the upcoming projects.
This morning @NYCMayor celebrated #BikeMonth and Streets Week! with a @CitiBikeNYC ride to City Hall before making big #BikeNYC and #BetterBuses announcements. pic.twitter.com/MaVJFi2qCR
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 11, 2021
The future of New York City is on two wheels!
This #StreetsWeek we’re announcing bike boulevards across all 5 boroughs and building 30+ more miles of protected bike lanes.
Tune in: https://t.co/GmXQY5g7ed
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 11, 2021