New York City hit a monumental milestone today. After an aggressive expansion in recent years, the city will reach a thousand miles of bikes lanes when it finishes a new stretch on the Lower East Side.
New York City has added 485 miles of bike lines since 2007, about 80 of which have been built under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. “Expanding and updating the bicycle network is an important step to achieving Mayor de Blasio’s goal of doubling bicycling in the city by 2020,” Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.
Almost 40% of the 1,000 miles are protected bike lanes that are shielded from traffic, such as through greenways or off-street bike lanes.
Cyclist-friendly Brooklyn has the most bike lanes, with 311 in its network. It is followed by Manhattan at 241, according to data from the city’s transportation department. Queens has 208 miles, and the Bronx 174 miles. On Staten Island, where the MTA has been experimenting with bike racks on buses, there are 75 miles for cyclists.