City Council Eyes Effects Of Biking Boom
NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) – New York City has become more bicycle-friendly but at what cost? The City Council was holding a hearing Thursday to figure it out.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to more than triple the number of bike lane miles by 2030, but some New Yorkers want him to hit the brakes.
In recent years the administration has been expanding the bike lane network, which now covers nearly 500 miles of city streets.
Some City Council members said that they have constituents who walk the streets in fear of being hit by cyclists.
Others have complained that roads are made too narrow by bike lanes. They also say parking is more difficult on bike lane streets.
Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says the administration’s plan to make the city more bike-friendly has been wildly successful.
She said the streets are safer and more people are engaging in a healthy activity.
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