Residents of New York City, including Queens and the Bronx, will want to be aware of a new bill that has been introduced that will expand access to MTA stations and bridges to pedestrians and bicyclists. At present, they are not allowed. According to news reports, Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas has introduced legislation to work with MTA in establishing safe bike lanes on MTA bridges and stations.
MTA should consider bicycles and pedestrians
The proposal requires that the MTA consider and prioritize bicycle and pedestrian access when planning projects. These sustainable means of transportation have been overlooked, but they are seen to be a source of exercise and improved mental health. Some New Yorkers wish to ride their bicycles to their jobs in Manhattan or other parts of the city.
Growth of bicycling in last decade overlooked
This legislation would create a standing advisory committee comprised of 13 members, who will plan and advise with bicyclists and pedestrians in mind. Encouraging residents to use a clean form of transportation is beneficial to the city and its residents.
Safety is a consideration
People reported that at present, many transit hubs are difficult to access safely by foot or bike. Nearly all lack secure bike parking facilities. In a city where economic recovery is important, this makes no sense. Issues such as climate change, injustice and the reduction of traffic violence should be addressed. Meeting the needs of New Yorkers while helping with important issues will be a win for all.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a bicycle accident or as a pedestrian while walking, it may be smart to consult a personal injury attorney. If the cause was the negligence of another party, your attorney could be of assistance in obtaining compensation for your medical bills and other losses.