Master Plan Will Re-Design City Streets to Help Buses, Bikes

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November 19, 2019 - 11:02 am
Bill de Blasio on a bus

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NEW YORK (WBCS 880) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to sign a bill on Tuesday that will re-design New York City's streets to help buses and bicycles.

The $1.7 billion plan is designed to help speed up buses and make the streets safe for cyclists and pedestrians. The city will be required to build 250 miles of protected bike lanes and 150 miles of protected bus lanes.

Other changes will include upgrades to bus stops, better crossing signals for pedestrians, and increased rule enforcement for drivers.

The city council voted on the plan in October. “This bill will improve transportation for pedestrians, cyclists, bus riders, disabled commuters and drivers,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said at the time. “The bill will improve transportation for every neighborhood, in every borough.”

The plan will take effect in December 2021.