De Blasio signs safe street legislation to help buses, bikes

Elise Czajkowski
November 19, 2019 - 4:51 pm
de Blasio signs master street design plan

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law new safe streets legislation that aims to speed up buses and protect cyclists.

The City Council passed the $1.7 billion plan in October. It provides for 250 new miles of protected bike lanes, 150 new miles of protected bus lanes and adding signals that prioritize buses at 1,000 intersections, as well as adding pedestrian signals and plazas.

“The Streets Master Plan, now signed into law, will revolutionize the way New Yorkers use our streets, creating more bus and bike lanes, more pedestrian space and safer street infrastructure," City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said in a statement. "This law helps us make alternative transportation options more viable, which is necessary in our fight against climate change."

This plan will go into effect in December 2021. It will require 50 miles of protected bus lanes and 30 miles of protected bike lanes be built every year. The city also says that one million square feet of pedestrian space will be constructed in the first two years.

The new law will require the Department of Transportation to implement a new master plan for street design every five years.

“I’m proud to sign this new safe streets legislation that will further the ambitious commitments we’ve begun under Vision Zero,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We are confident that this new plan firmly cements New York City’s reputation as the nation’s leader on street safety.”

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