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Streets Master Plan Will Redesign City Streets In Favor Of Buses, Bikes – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to sign a massive redesign of city streets, favoring buses and bikes over cars.

The mayor was on board an M-14 bus during the Monday evening commute, asking riders how they felt about the new 14th Street busway.

“I thought it would go well. It’s going better, I think, than anyone imagined,” he said in an interview with NY1.

The man behind the master plan is City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who says it will once and for all “break the car culture” in the city.

MORE: Council Speaker Johnson Unveils Sweeping NYC Streets ‘Master Plan’ Designed To ‘Break The Car Culture’

The sweeping agenda calls for transforming streets to speed up buses and make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

“For too long, things have been stacked in car drivers’ favor and away from other people that need to use our city streets,” said Johnson.

The $1.7 billion plan will require the city to build 250 miles of protected bike lanes and 150 miles of protected bus lanes, plus bus stop upgrades, better pedestrian crossing signals and a crackdown on bad drivers.

Transit advocates have cheered on the plan, while drivers worry traffic will be worse.

“Good for the cyclists… but for the drivers, they’re going to suffer,” one man told CBS2.

“Bad idea, bad, it’s already congested,” another man added.

“In a way, it is a good idea, because the people who ride bikes, it’s more accessible to them,” said a woman.

The mayor is expected to sign the master plan at 12:30 p.m. It will take effect in December 2021. The bill would also require the DOT to issue a transportation master plan every five years.

Click here to read more about the master plan.

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