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City Council Considers Adding 700 Miles Of Bike Lanes

April 18, 2019 - 4:05 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- More bike lanes could be on the way in the city. 

There are about 6,000 miles of roads in New York City for cars and bikes to share. Now, the City Council is considering a bill that would add 700 miles of protected bike lanes over the next seven years. It's in conjuction with Citi Bike's expansion plan.

Last year, the city only added 20 miles of bike lanes, which many feel isn't enough.

Salvador Santuro, who rides his bike every day from the Bronx to Brooklyn, says he's happy with the latest proposal.

"It's a real battle out there," he said. "The only problem is with the cars, they have no respect."

Santuro said more bike lanes would mean that he'd get to his destination faster, but may mean that cars will get to places slower.

"Even though it's good for me, I don't know if it's good for congestion. It's already terrible in the city," Angelo said while putting back his Citi Bike.

And it would mean less real estate on the road for cab drivers and others. 

"Now it's going to be more problems," one cab driver, named Hector, said. "It's not going to be good. The traffic will be terrible."