New Bike Lanes Coming to Midtown

Transportation officials plan to install new crosstown bike lanes in Midtown Manhattan after a series of deaths.

The New York Times reports the first two lanes will be built on 26th Street and 29th Street, running from the East River to the Hudson River.  There are also plans for two additional bike lanes in the 50’s.

These would be protected bike lanes, with the path running between the sidewalk and parked cars.  That would keep the bikers away from traffic.

Five bikers were killed last year between 14th Street and 59th Street.  Overall, the number of bikers killed in the city rose last year from 18 to 23, even as pedestrian deaths fell.

The cost of each new bike lane is expected to be less than $500,000.

Source:  New York Times

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