New bike lanes and public spaces are coming to New York City next year, according to the city’s Department of Transportation.
On Monday, DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced the agency is set to begin development on plans to expand several bike lanes and pedestrian spaces in 2023, including on the Washington Bridge, which connects Manhattan and the Bronx.
“The DOT is proud to have delivered life-saving initiatives – including its most recent victory in surpassing the city’s commitment to improve the safety of 1,000 intersections across the city and to harden 20 miles of bike lanes,” said Rodriguez. “As the DOT continues to build, we are also excited to unveil some of the agency's plans to continue expanding protections for all New Yorkers in the next year. Where safer and more sustainable streets are concerned, the best is yet to come.”
The DOT is planning to add protected bike lanes in 2023 to 10th Avenue in Manhattan, Westchester Avenue in the Bronx, and Ashland Place, Navy Street and Hanson Place in Brooklyn.
Additionally, the DOT plans to add an Open Street with a two-way bike boulevard to Berry Street in Brooklyn, and add a bike boulevard, plazas and shared streets to Broadway in Manhattan, between Madison Square and Herald Square.
The DOT said it will also continue to work with communities across New York City to “reimagine streets as a public space,” which the agency said is similar to its plan to transform Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.
A timeline for the projects was not included in the DOT’s press release.