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Mayor’s bike plan picking up speed

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am

Mayor de Blasio unveiled a new, $58 million plan to expand the network of bike lanes around the city more quickly, reacting to the record number of cyclist deaths so far this year.

Calling the plan his “Green Wave,” it calls for 30 miles of protected bike lanes to be installed per year in the next five years.

Currently, the average is about 20 miles a year.

More controversial is his plan to re-calibrate traffic lights to accommodate bike riders who pedal at about 15 miles an hour so they can pass through consecutive green lights.

“This crisis we’re going through is absolutely unacceptable and the steps we’re talking today are meant to end this crisis now,” de Blasio told a news conference. “We will keep doing all we have to do to turn things around.”

So far this year, 18 cyclists have died in the traffic accidents, compared to 10 in all of 2018.

The latest was a 30-year-old woman who was killed early Monday in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, when she swerved into traffic to avoid an open car door and was struck by a tractor trailer.

Brooklyn has been the scene of the majority of the fatalities, 12 in all.

The city is making a priority of building new protected lanes in 10 so-called “bike districts” which are set to include parts of Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.

The city currently has about 120 miles of bikes in place.

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