New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Council Member Kallos on Pedestrianizing the QBB South Outer Roadway

FRIDAY, September 27, Council Member Ben Kallos joined Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Bike New York, Transportation Alternatives, cycling advocates, and community members to call on the NYC Department of Transportation to create separate, exclusive lanes for pedestrians and cyclists on the Queensboro Bridge. Council Member Kallos supports the proposal to convert the south outer roadway into an accessible walkway and the north outer roadway into a dedicated bike lane. The current shared path is inadequate for the growing volumes, and substandard according to national guidelines for bikeways. Confining cyclists and pedestrians traveling in both directions to a single path, with insufficient passing space, has contributed to serious crashes and injuries over the last few years. When congestion pricing takes effect in 2021, more New Yorkers will likely turn to walking, cycling, including the increasingly popular e-bikes, and transit. These modes must have safe, attractive, and accessible facilities. This will enable more New Yorkers to travel between boroughs using low-emission modes of transportation, to prevent the disastrous impacts of climate change.

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