New York, NY—The New York City Department of Transportation will be presenting a proposal this week to the Transportation Committee of Community Board 8 Manhattan about the installation of crosstown protected bike lanes on E 61st and E 62nd Streets. The board will also hear from a local engineer who has a bold vision of connecting Manhattan with car-free bridges.

Back in September 2020, Sam Schwartz, CEO and Founder of Sam Schwartz Engineering, made a presentation to Community Board 6 about the “Queens Ribbon” pedestrian-bicycle bridge that would connect Queens to Midtown Manhattan.

At that time, while the city was still reeling economically from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, Schwartz was asked whether it was prudent for the city to be spending the money on such a project.

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Schwartz was quick to note, however, that the bulk of the money for the “Queens Ribbon”, which would cost approximately $150 million, wouldn’t need to be spent until at least 2027 because projects like this have a five- to seven-year, on average, concept-to-approval timeline.

Also, as Schwartz noted in September, the project could be funded in part from a federally-funded infrastructure bill. Indeed, U.S. President Joe Biden (D) has proposed a $1.3 trillion spending plan on infrastructure over ten years.

On the agenda, too, for Wednesday will be a discussion of the NYDOT’s recently announced initiative to add 10,000 bike parking racks throughout the city.

TAPinto will be reporting on the Transportation Committee meeting, which meets virtually on Wednesday, March 3. The link to join the meeting is here

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