Mayor Adams promises more than $ 900 million to increase road safety

Mayor Eric Adams plans to spend $ 900 million on building more bus and bike lanes to help move New Yorkers faster and more safely through the city’s streets, he said at a news conference in Brooklyn on Saturday.

A city council member called the $ 900 million commitment a “massive” investment in the “Streets Master Plan.” But the amount is below the $ 3.1 billion the city council had requested earlier this month.

“This investment is a game-changer,” Adams said.

The mayor’s $ 900 million proposal will be part of the city’s budget negotiations as the two branches of government debate and decide how to spend public money. The deadline to have a budget in place is June 30th.

When a reporter at the press conference asked Adams if the amount was his final offer to the city council, the mayor said, “This is part of the ongoing conversation.”

City Council President Adrienne Adams’ representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Under the “Streets Master Plan,” adopted in 2019 under the Bill de Blasios administration, the city was required to build 250 miles of protected bike lanes and 150 miles of protected bus lanes over five years.

“This is a dramatic investment from Mayor Adams and a very clear commitment to address street safety across the five boroughs,” Brooklyn Councilman Lincoln Restler and a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure told Gothamist in an interview.

Restler said the funding will pay for hundreds of miles of additional protected bike lanes and bus lanes, as well as the installation of concrete barriers on some bike lanes.

“Most immediately, these resources will go out to harden bike lanes and make real protected bike lanes,” Restler said. “Instead of just painting on the streets, have Jersey barriers and other forms of physical protection down so that cars do not run into, park or block bike paths and undermine the safety of cyclists.”

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