New York City’s parkland will be the first in the nation to include a public bikeway link
New York’s public bikeways are among the most popular in the world.
Now, with the City Council approving the idea of a public bicycleway connecting parts of the city, New York could be the next city to embrace this popular mode of transport.
The idea, which is being pitched as part of a broader plan to transform New York into a “bicycle city,” is being considered as part the City Plan 2020, which aims to transform the city’s parks and recreation facilities into a bike-friendly environment.
A portion of the plan will also see the creation of a $2 million cycling infrastructure fund, which would fund bike-specific infrastructure improvements and programs to help promote biking in New York.
The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the plan to convert parkland into a protected bikeway.
That will allow a private group to construct and maintain a cycle track in the park, along with a dedicated bike lane.
It will also create a bike network, with bike paths, crosswalks, and protected bike lanes along the route.
The $2.5 million in funding will also allow the City Park Foundation to purchase a number of bicycle racks to make sure the new bike lanes can be maintained.
The money is expected to be used to hire a bicycle maintenance crew to keep the bike lanes in good condition, and to purchase additional bicycle racks and maintenance equipment.
In addition to the bikeway, the City Parks and Recreation Department has been looking into a number other bicycle infrastructure projects in New New York, including adding a bike lane along the Harlem River and widening an existing bicycle lane.