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New York City will be getting over 15 miles of physically protected bike lanes in 2016 — more than any year previously, officials said. The de Blasio administration also promised to install around 50 miles of bike lanes total, but it will focus on quality more than quantity. “Yes, you want to get to miles, but you also want to make sure that those miles are in quality places where you’re making important connections,” Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said. In 2015, New York City installed 58 miles of bike lanes, more than 12 of which were protected.  Protected bicycle lane implementation, NYC (NYC Department of Transportation) "Protected" bike lanes means that they are separated from traffic by some sort of barrier, such as a line of parked cars or a raised median. Projects along the Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx and the Pulaski Bridge, linking Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Long Island City, Queens, will be completed, and others on Amsterdam and 2nd avenues in Manhattan will begin. Marine Park in Brooklyn will be getting new two-way protected bike lanes. "The good news with protected lanes," Trottenberg said, "is the cars don't double-park in them." But many motorists — and delivery trucks — rely on double parking just to get through the day in a crowded, busy city like New York. And taking away that option will make their lives harder. "Contrary to popular belief, most trucking companies spend a significant amount of time and money in the attempt to have their vehicles park legally and safely," Ken Thorpe, CEO and chairman of the New York Trucking and Delivery Association, said in an email. "If the DOT would spend the same amount of money, time, resources and infrastructure on providing parking for trucks, necessary to moving our economy as they do to bikes, we would have safer streets." Last year, a WNYC project documenting blocked bike lanes found that 60 percent of tickets in the last two fiscal years went to vehicles with commercial plates, rather than passenger vehicles or taxis. As far how much the lanes will cost -- the average protected bike lane is about $600,000 per lane-mile, so the 15 miles will add up to about $9 million, according to officials.   The DOT said much of that funding is reimbursable by Federal funds.

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Bad

I gave this show 5 stars when it was the original hosts. The new host is bad. It’s not interesting anymore. It’s just stories I’ve already read being done as radio interviews. Should have let it end when the hosts left.

Downhill fast

Well this used to be a great podcast but since it's changed hosts it has gone downhill fast. It's now less of a podcast and more of a blog. The focus of the stories has narrowed considerably (virtually every show is now about gender), the balance has shifted from reporting to opinion, and the execution leaves something to be desired. I'll keep listening for a bit in the hopes they can right the ship.

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Just heard the episode redux with Vivek Wadhwa and I'm appalled by how poorly this was handled. Meredith was rude and unapologetic. The manager sheepishly admitted that they were "in a bubble" for the original story. That kills all credibility for this show. This episode demonstrated cruel and unprofessional behavior towards its guest. Much lower than the standard of what I expect from a Brooke Gladstone program.