Councilman Corey Johnson's new bill will ‘break the car culture’, add bike, bus lanes

Kimberly Dole
May 30, 2019 - 9:12 am
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Council Speaker Corey Johnson formally introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to fulfill his “master plan” to restructure streets across the five boroughs.

Johnson aims to "break the car culture" and bring at least 250 miles of new protected bike lanes, 150 miles of fresh bus lanes and a dozen new pedestrian-friendly streets to New York City, an idea that was originally pitched in his State of the City speech in March . 

The legislation would require 50 new miles of protected bike lanes and 30 new miles of bus lanes to be installed by the city’s Department of Transportation each year through 2024.

During that period, the DOT would also add transit signal priority technology at 1,000 new intersections which would shortens wait time at stoplights for buses.

Johnson's bill would include a 2021 deadline for the DOT to add at least 12 permanent shared streets where the speed limit for cars is just 5 mph and double the number of areas covered by pedestrian plazas across the city.

“A hundred would be great. If we can do more than 50, I’m on board,” Johnson said. 

Johnson's bill also calls for a “connected bike network” and accessibility standards at intersections as part of a second five-year plan that would end in 2029 and calls for this kind of plan to be put in place every five years.

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