On September 13th, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Transportation announced plans to add 75 miles of new bike lanes to streets throughout across each of the city’s five boroughs, with 18 miles of these lanes to be fully protected. The initiative, which is part of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan, is slated to be completed by the end of 2016.
Upon completion, the city will have installed more exclusive bike lanes than any year before. The project is aimed at ensuring cyclists are safe due to their massive growth in population in recent years, while also encouraging even more people to pick up the habit in order to reduce traffic congestion.
The full list of new protected lanes can be found here, though notable areas include:
- Amsterdam Avenue between West 72nd and West 110th streets
- Queens Boulevard between 74th Street and Eliot Avenue
- Jay Street in between Sands and Fulton streets
While this is good news for cyclists, drivers should be aware of these traffic changes as they are likely to come with an increase in bike lane right of way ticketing. With law enforcement having ramped up its presence and begun cracking down on motorists for bike lane violations earlier this year, the additional lanes are sure to put drivers at risk of being cited for blocking or parking in bike lanes. Each ticket carries a potential fine of $115.
If you have been ticketed for a bicycle lane violation, know that you do not have to accept the associated fines and points on your license without a fight. At Gannes & Musico, LLP, our New York City traffic ticket attorneys have been protecting the rights of drivers for more than 20 years and can provide the knowledgeable advocacy you need to contest your citation.
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