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28 January 2021

Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s “Bridges for the People” Announcement

January 28, 2021

“Van Alen Institute is thrilled to hear Mayor de Blasio’s plan to convert car lanes into bike lanes on the Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges. In Spring 2020, Van Alen collaborated with the New York City Council on Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, an international design competition to rethink the iconic Brooklyn Bridge walkway. With more than 200 submissions from 37 countries, the competition demonstrated the people’s immense passion for more sustainable and equitable infrastructure. Today’s announcement from the Mayor is a meaningful response to that passion. We are grateful to the New York City Council for their collaboration and to the many transportation advocates and community activists who have pushed this conversation forward over years.”

Deborah Marton, Executive Director