After three years of planning, New Yorkers overwhelmingly supported the implementation of busways and added pedestrian space along 14th Street, bike lanes on 12th & 13th Street, Citi Bike expansion and ADA accessibility to subways along the 14th Street corridor.
After the announcement from Governor Cuomo that there would not be a full shutdown of the 14th Street tunnels, opponents are calling for the removal of the bus lanes and bike lanes, and to return the previous status quo.
With M14 buses traveling at barely above walking speed, 14th street sidewalks fill to the brim with pedestrians, 12th and 13th street bike lanes adding a safe way for people to bike crosstown and upcoming infill expansion of Citi Bike, these improvements were needed before the announcement of the shutdown, are going to be needed during the partial shutdown, and will be needed after the repairs are finalized.
These improvements will help provide faster, safer and more efficient modes of transportation for New Yorkers to travel crosstown and alleviate congestion in our streets.
Don't let a small group of naysayers remove your hard won improvements from your streets. Contact your elected officials and tell him that the bus lanes and bike lanes need to stay!
You've been a strong champion for more efficient transportation in our city. Can we count on you to safeguard these essential transportation improvements?