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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.

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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