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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City transportation officials say safer crosstown bike lanes are being planned in Manhattan.

According to The New York Times , the move follows a spate of fatal bike crashes in the past year.

Two new protected lanes, over 1½ miles each, are expected to be completed this year on 26th and 29th streets.

Two more lanes are planned just below Central Park.

They’ll take over space that’s often occupied by double-parked delivery trucks and taxis.

Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says more designated loading and unloading areas will be added to those streets.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com