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Brooklyn will get at least 10 miles of protected bike lanes in 2020

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The borough had the most cyclist fatalities last year

Courtesy of New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)

The significant uptick in New York City cyclist fatalities in 2019 (29 in total), prompted the de Blasio administration to launch its five-year “Green Wave” plan in the summer, which includes a commitment to install 30 miles of protected lanes per year.

Back in October, the Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled two new protected bike lanes in East New York, and this week, the de Blasio administration announced where those will be in Brooklyn, the borough with the most cyclist fatalities last year (17 deaths), according to Streetsblog. At least 10 of the city’s 30 miles planned for the year will be in the borough.

“We felt it was important to make a strong statement in Brooklyn and hit the ground running in 2020,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said on Wednesday morning, Streetsblog reports. “But there will be more announcements, and 20-plus more miles elsewhere.”

New protected lanes will be installed in the following locations: Fourth Avenue in Park Slope and Gowanus; Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Windsor Terrace; Flatbush Avenue near Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Franklin Street (Greenway) in Greenpoint; Meeker Avenue through Williamsburg and Greenpoint; Navy Street in Downtown Brooklyn; Remsen Avenue, Canarsie; and Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Aside from those locations, the plan also includes extending protected lanes along Fourth Avenue to Barclays Center and along Williamsburg’s Meeker Avenue.

Trottenberg also said that the agency is mindful of Citi Bike’s expansion to the South Bronx and upper Manhattan, and will aim to improve the infrastructure in those areas.