Two NYC Mayoral candidates endorse the Harbor Ring and public access to the Verrazzano in an exclusive by Streetsblog.
Eric Adams says, “I would also direct the DOT to investigate how we connect the missed connections in our cycling network, including the Harbor Ring and expanded cycling access over bridges such as the Verrazzano-Narrows. This is a simple and quick way to advance a true cycling network, even if that means using temporary infrastructure until we have capital resources to fully build out the network.”
Shaun Donovan states, “I will get the Verrazzano Bridge opened for pedestrians and cyclists, implement an upgrade to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian and cycling path, study road use for bikes on the 59th street bridge, build a protected bike lane in Astoria between the 59th Street and Triboro bridges, and improve bridge crossings between the Bronx and northern Manhattan.”
After years of FOIL requests by Streetsblog, the MTA finally released a report for building a bicycle and pedestrian lane on the Verrazzano bridge in December 2020. The report completely abandoned several viable options presented by the bridge’s original designers (Ammann & Whitney), instead presenting several focus groups with an extremely jazzed up plan that came with a superfluous price tag. Gersh, of Streetsblog has the latest.
The never seen before report, obtained by Streetsblog, below.
Thank you to all who joined us last Saturday for a successful video launch of Voices for the Verrazzano. We have lots of work to do, but we’re excited for the relaunch of this campaign with our partners at Transportation Alternatives and Bike South Brooklyn.
If you missed it, check out the recorded version courtesy of Anna Lise Jensen (Bike South Brooklyn)!
It’s the Verrazzano’s 56th birthday on Saturday, November 21st, 2020! In honor of this day, we will be hosting a remote “nonopening” event (since the bridge was never open to pedestrians and bicycle riders like its initial plans had included).
Join us, Transportation Alternatives, and Bike South Brooklyn for a virtual watch party where we will speak about why we advocate for pedestrian and bicycle access on the Verrazzano, feature a 5-minute video of community organizations, our councilmen, and locals like yourselves who support our cause, and have an open discussion with a moderator answering your questions concerning this issue at hand and what you can do to help! Hope to see you there!
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently released a preliminary report on its Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Master Plan — including conceptual views of possible shared-use paths on the bridge.
The current proposals are much more ambitious than previous bridge path designs, and the costs reflect that – estimated to be between $300 and $400 million. The encouraging part is that the MTA has seemingly put real effort and resources into finally building a walking and bicycling connection between Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Over 200 supporters joined us in Bay Ridge to show support for a pedestrian and bicycle path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge! Much thanks to Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile, the Bay Ridge Merchants of Third Avenue, the Staten Island Athletic Club, the Staten Island Bicycle Association, and the Five Boro Bicycle Club for lending their voices to the cause!
Since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was built over 50 years ago, elected officials and community leaders from both Brooklyn and Staten Island have called for a connecting path for people on foot and on bike. Now, thanks to a current construction project, New York has the chance to make this long-awaited path a reality!
Join Transportation Alternatives, the Harbor Ring Committee, elected officials, and community leaders as we rally in support of building a pedestrian and bicycling path on OUR Verrazano-Narrows Bridge!
Rally for a Pedestrian & Bicycle Path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Starting on Sunday, September 6, MTA New York City Transit will add bicycle racks on two Staten Island bus routes, the first time that such equipment has been made available for public use on NYC Transit.
The yearlong Bike & Ride pilot will roll out on the S53 and S93 routes, which run between Staten Island and the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The two lines were chosen for their safe access to current and planned bicycle paths, ridership and routes, which serve a major college campus where bicycling is a popular commuting option.
“Bringing the Bike & Ride program to the S53 and S93 will increase the mobility of students who are traveling between home and campus. Before this program, our customers had no direct way to travel with their bicycles on public transportation between Brooklyn and Staten Island. Now customers can take advantage of the city’s bike lanes and greenways without worrying about how to transport their bicycles,” said Darryl C. Irick, President of MTA Bus and Senior Vice President, NYC Transit Department of Buses. “A future expansion will depend on results of this pilot and will most likely focus on routes that cross bridges.”
The Harbor Ring applauds the MTA’s efforts to introduce bicycle racks on the S53 & s93 bus routes. It is a welcome addition to the city’s growing infrastructure for both current and future cyclists. We are certain Bike & Ride will be a success, just as similar programs have been in cities all over the country that have long had bike racks as standard equipment across their vehicular fleets. However, one bus carrying two bicycles is by no means a solution for our city’s overwhelming transportation deficiencies. We continue our campaign urging the MTA to create separated bicycle and pedestrian pathways across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that would offer toll free connectivity between Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Join the Harbor Ring and the Merchants of Third Avenue on Thurs, Nov 20th, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM at Bay Ridge’s Yellow Hook Grille as we celebrate the Verrazano Bridge’s 50th birthday!
Raise a glass to the history of the campaign for a Verrazano Bridge bicycle/pedestrian path and get excited about the Harbor Ring’s new efforts to make it a reality. A $25 ticket gets you unlimited beer, wine, soda, and hors d’oeuvres.