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NYC to Expand Bike Lanes After ‘Dangerous Surge’ in Fatalities

  • Mayor de Blasio calls for $58 million enhanced safety plan
  • 17 cyclists have died in NYC this year, most since 2014
A woman rides in a dedicated bike lane in New York City.

A woman rides in a dedicated bike lane in New York City.

Photographer: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

After 17 bicyclists died on New York streets this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would move to install 80 miles of protected lanes citywide by the end of 2021, an effort to salvage his signature “Vision Zero” program that seeks to end fatal traffic accidents.

The $58.4 million plan would build 30 miles of protected bike lanes a year, particularly in Brooklyn, where 12 of the cyclist deaths occurred this year. Eight deaths involved encounters with trucks. The 17 deaths are the most since 2014, when de Blasio announced the traffic-safety program early in his first term. Last year’s total of 10 deaths was the lowest since the program’s start.