According to an analysis by the Transportation Alternatives advocacy group, the new protected cycle paths – consisting of a physical barrier between vehicle traffic and the cycle path – were not evenly distributed across the city. More than half of the protected lanes are in Manhattan, 27% in Queens, 16% in Brooklyn, 5% in the Bronx, and only 2% in Staten Island.
“For the past eight years, DOT has completed transformative bike lane projects like Queens Boulevard,” Danny Harris, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, wrote in a statement. Harris complains, however, that the type of street remodeling known as traffic calming, which involves changing traffic lights to give pedestrians a head start on cars or removing parking spaces at intersections to improve visibility, wasn’t happening frequently enough.
“Because of the slow progress and lack of political will to scale life-saving programs, we have had to go to vigils instead of groundbreaking too often,” said Harris.
The DOT notes that around 100 road redesigns are carried out every year.
Citibike hadn’t even been around a year when de Blasio took up his first term in office. At that time, the service had 332 stations with 6,499 bicycles and 1,170 annual members. At the end of October this year there were 13,570 annual members, 1,493 stations with a total of 23,472 bicycles in one of the world’s largest bike share programs under de Blasio’s tenure. While Citbike is privately funded, the city and the Department of Transportation will select where new docks will be built, giving the opportunity to expand the program to the whole city, especially in areas with a lack of transit.
While the ferry service operated by the city did not start under de Blasio’s watch, it was greatly expanded. It went from a service with seven stops along the East River to a service that serves six different routes, including one to Governor’s Island. The service relies on high subsidies as revenue does not keep pace with covering operating costs. A 2019 Citizens Budget Commission report, the most recent report available on the NYC ferry, found the city to pay $ 9.73 for every $ 2.75 a driver spends on the ferry -Dollars pays.