News : New York's urban revolution to return to physical activity


News :

New York's urban revolution to return to physical activity


Image of cyclists walking through New York

Until 120 kilometers of pedestrian and bicycle lanes. This "outrage" is brewing in New York City to prepare for a return to normality after the coronavirus crisis, according to "StreetsBlog NYC". The mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, thanks to a city council bill that will be approved next week, will have to get down to work for what will undoubtedly mean an urban revolution in one of the most famous cities and with highest population density in the world.

More space for greater distance

Council President Corey Johnson said in a statement that the goal is "to allocate more street space to pedestrians and bicyclists ... with a citywide goal of 75 miles (about 120 kilometers)." The fact that the city of New York is one of the hardest hit not only in the United States, but on the planet by the coronavirus, has caused the attention of law enforcement agencies to be diverted to another direction. "New Yorkers don't have the street space they need to maintain adequate social distance, which we know is essential in this public health crisis, "Johnson recently said.

"Although we want to work in collaboration with the administration to open the streets, this issue is so important and so urgent that we are taking legislative measures so that we can make it a reality," he added, giving absolute priority to this project so that the distance can be respected in a return to normality that is expected to be long and very staggered. The President of the Council has set the example of other cities that have already put this plan into action, such as Oakland where 74 permanent miles have been established of exclusive paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

The mayor demands a number of police officers to control it

The mayor has also firmly said that he will not open streets unless he can make sure that New York police enforce them, a condition that virtually no other city maintains. In Oakland and elsewhere, the city's transportation department has managed the open space with little staffing and few resources. But De Blasio will surely be forced to yield at this point in the coming days.

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