FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REGARDING NOTIFICATIONS OF BIKE LANE CHANGES
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The final bill before me today is Introductory Number 412-A, sponsored by Council Members Fidler, Nelson, Cabrera, Chin, Foster, Greenfield, Halloran, Jackson, James, Koo, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lappin, Oddo, Recchia, Reyna, Rivera, Ulrich, Vallone, Weprin, Brewer, Mealy, Mendez, Rose, Williams, Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Levin, Garodnick, Vacca, Gentile, Arroyo, Mark-Viverito, Dickens, Eugene, Gennaro and Ignizio. This bill requires the Department of Transportation to notify community boards and City Council members ninety days before a bike lane is to be constructed or removed in their district.
"Over the past few years, the City has taken great strides to provide safe transportation options for New Yorkers in all five boroughs - and our efforts have paid off. Under the leadership of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City's roads are safer than ever - for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.
"This legislation will codify the Department of Transportation's current practice of working with local communities to tailor local transportation options to meet their neighborhood's needs. It requires the Department to notify affected community boards and Council members of their plans to remove or install a bicycle lane in a certain location, providing these stakeholders with an opportunity to participate in a dialogue about the safety improvements made to their neighborhood's transportation network.
"I would like to thank Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff for their work on this legislation along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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