More than 20,000 pedestrians and 20,000 cyclists cross the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges each day, and the bike boom over the East River bridges has been sustained since before the pandemic. Cycling traffic increased by 22.75% in July 2020 over July 2019, 55% in November 2020 over November 2019, and 27% in May 2021 over May 2019. Unfortunately, these bridges aren't designed for so many cyclists to cross safely.
Reallocating two car lanes each on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges into protected space for cyclists would ensure the growing number of cyclists can safely cross and free up more space for pedestrians.
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