De Blasio, DOT propose ambitious ‘streets plan’ weeks before term ends

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and his Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman Released a draft proposal for “Master Plan of Roads” At the behest of City Council President Corey Johnson late Wednesday.

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The $1.7 billion initiative — all proposed a few weeks before de Blasio and Johnson left office — would direct spending toward bike lanes, bus lanes and pedestrian improvements.

Johnson and the council tasked Gutman’s Department of Transportation in 2019 to create a blueprint for reducing New York City’s reliance on cars.

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The law set ambitious goals: 150 miles of dedicated bus lanes and 250 miles of protected bike lanes within five years, signal priority for public transit at nearly 5,000 intersections, and 1 million new square feet for pedestrians within two years. instead of.

The plan will include 30 miles of new protected bike lanes.
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DoT’s draft plan released on Wednesday will include:

  • 20 miles of protected bus lanes
  • 30 miles of new protected bike lanes
  • Bench or shelter at 500 bus stop
  • 500,000 square feet of new pedestrian space in 2022 alone
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The plan will also create 30 miles of bus lanes, 50 miles of bike lanes per year by 2026.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed the plan just weeks before he stepped down.
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New York City Council President Corey Johnson
City Council President Corey Johnson also leaves office on Jan.
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Other recommendations include bike lane enforcement cameras and a change in the price of parking based on vehicle size, which would require approval from Albany, as well as a proposed expansion of containerized waste collection.

The document said the DoT also plans to make its cargo delivery bikes permanent and may consider “automatic enforcement” of parking placards the city issues.

“The NYC Streets Plan provides a roadmap for the future, with concrete goals, a new priority framework, and a strong set of recommendations for the city’s leadership to put into action,” Gutman wrote in the report’s introduction.

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Hank Gutman was tasked in 2019 with creating a blueprint for reducing New York City’s reliance on cars.
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But the city’s leadership will look very different after de Blasio, Johnson and a potential Gutman leave office on January 1. Mayor-elect Eric Adams has promised to add 300 miles of new protected bike lanes — or 75 per year if he serves one term. The current capacity of the DOT is about 20 miles per year of protected lanes, the report said.

Adams called on the advocacy group Transportation Options to “reallocate 25 percent of the city’s street scene from car-centric uses by 2025” for things like bike lanes, bus lanes, sidewalks, parks and plazas, according to his campaign website. also signed the vision of

A representative for the incoming mayor did not respond to an inquiry by The Post about whether Adams would pursue blueprints pushed by the city’s outgoing leadership.

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