NYC DOT Commissioner: Bike Lane Delays Are Not About the Money but about the buy-in from the community (War on Cars Watch)

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg doesn’t need more cash to install the 50 miles of protected bike lanes a year that Council Speaker Corey Johnson wants — she just needs less bureaucracy.

Sure, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars per mile to build a bike lane, but the real holdup, according to Trottenberg, is having to get support from nearly everyone that would even look at the bike lane: community boards, local pols, and the surrounding neighborhood. That’s the problem, she said, especially when many business owners fear that a reduction in curbside parking would hurt their bottom lines.