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NYC opens more streets to pedestrians and bikes

Posted at 9:33 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 22:56:36-04

NEW YORK — It’s 43 miles and counting.

Pedestrians and cyclists have room to roam on more stretches of New York City roads.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced 13 more miles of streets will open for bike and pedestrian access by Saturday.

“New Yorkers deserve space to safely enjoy the outdoors in their own neighborhoods. Thanks to hard work from a host of City agencies, we’ve beaten our Open Streets goal for this month – and made our city a national leader in expanding public space as we fight COVID-19,” said the mayor.

There are now 43 miles of streets in the program. The goal is 100 miles during the course of the pandemic. The program started in April.

The next round could include tables in the streets. Restaurants and many city council members are pushing for more sidewalk cafes and street dining.

The city works with NYPD, community partners, elected officials, and business improvement districts to create and monitor the sites.

To see maps of the zones and submit a request, click here.