NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City unveiled over three miles of new protected bike lanes in Brooklyn, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
The two new protected bike lanes are located along Flatbush Avenue and Fourth Avenue. They and were built a decade after one was built along Prospect Park West.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has frequently pushed for the new bike lanes, and the 3.2 miles will help create a “continuous protected lane from Bay Ridge to Barclays Center.”
“That is not a signal of doing things successfully. It's a signal of that we have to view our city in a different fashion. Multimillion-dollar homes and tenement buildings, they all want the same thing,” Adams said.
The borough president says that thing is safety.
According to the city’s Department of Transportation, 20 cyclists were killed this year in traffic accidents and Third Avenue has been a particularly dangerous stretch of road.
DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says the new bike lane on Fourth Avenue should lead to a decrease in accidents.
“It goes all the way from 65th street to Flatbush, through Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, right up to Downtown Brooklyn,” she said.
Mayor de Blasio the bike lanes will continue to help New York City in the fight against climate change.
“Our city’s recovery depends on giving New Yorkers safe, reliable and green transportation alternatives, and I’m proud to support the growing cycling movement in Brooklyn and beyond,” he said. “I know these lanes will be used well and often, and I’m looking forward to cutting the ribbon on even more lanes across the city this year.”
Trottenberg says the city is on track to add 30 miles of bike lanes as more and more New Yorkers pedal through the pandemic.
On Thursday, she said the newest bike lanes in the city were already “humming, like they were always there.”