Great day for a Harbor Ring rally!

IMG_6165A big thank you to all who attended Saturday’s rally for a Verrazano Bridge pathway!  The Harbor Ring welcomed almost 150 advocates to the Alice Austen House on that beautiful October morning.  We created quite a buzz the week prior, with press from the New York Times, CBS, and NBC, and grew to over 3,600 signatures on our petition.  Check out more at harborring.org/presscoverage!

The Harbor Ring was honored to see the overwhelming support from the community, as well as from city and state leadership.  We heard from:

Senator Marty Golden

Allen Cappelli, MTA Board

Laura Barlament, Transportation Alternatives SI Activist Committee Chair

Janice Monger, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House

Douglas Adams, COO of Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Councilmember Vincent Gentile 

Mike Shane, SI artist and photographerGoldenCappelli

Mark Vogt, President of SI Athletic Club

Valene Hathaway, NY Wheel Associate

Assemblymember Michael Cusick

Senator Golden of Bay Ridge gave strong words of support, acknowledging a Verrazano–Narrows Bridge bike/ped path “is long overdue.”  MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli echoed the sentiment, declaring, “I believe it is the right thing to do.”  Even Assemblymembers Nicole Malliotakis and Joseph Borelli, and Brooklyn Brorough President Eric Adams, who were not able to attend, passed along their words of support for a Verrazano path. 

Advocates jumped at the chance to show their support:

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And we couldn’t have done it without our awesome volunteers: Linda, John and Roy from the SI Bicycling Association, and John from the T.A. SI Activist Committee!

More amazing photos of the day can be found at http://bit.ly/HarborRingRallyPics, and on Twitter under #WalkBikeVerrazano.  Video clips are also on our Facebook page.  Stay tuned for more ways you can take action and get involved in the Harbor Ring!

Thanks again to our awesome advocates, our excellent elected officials and community leaders, and our super supporters for making the Harbor Ring’s rally for a Verrazano Bridge path a success!  With your help, we will build this path once and for all!

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Harbor Ring Rally for Verrazano Path TOMORROW!

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The Harbor Ring’s rally is ON for tomorrow, Oct 18!  Bring your spirit, your camera, your friends, and make some noise for a bicycle/pedestrian pathway over the Verrazano Bridge!  Get there bright and early to pick up an official Harbor Ring map and a limited-edition “Walk Bike Verrazano” button.  Share thoughts and photos of the day with #WalkBikeVerrazano and @theHarborRing.  Enjoy our amazing lineup of speakers and advocates:  

Paul Gertner, Harbor Ring
Douglas Adams, COO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Laura Barlament, T.A. SI Activist Committee Chair
Councilmember Vincent Gentile, 43rd District in Brooklyn
Mark Vogt, President, SI Athletic Club
Valene Hathaway, Associate, NY Wheel
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Assemblymember Michael Cusick, 63rd Assembly District in SI

And above all else, get ready to have a great time!

Two weeks left until the Harbor Ring rally!

We’re excited!  Only two weeks to go until the Harbor Ring’s Oct 18th rally for a bicycle/pedestrian pathway on the Verrazano Bridge, and we’ve already seen a HUGE outpouring of support.  Almost 100 people have RSVP‘d, and we’re nearing 3,500 signatures on our petition.  Thanks to all who have supported us and the issue–we couldn’t do it without you!

A very special thanks as well to:

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Join the Harbor Ring in our Rally for a Bicycle/Pedestrian Path over the Verrazano Bridge

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DATE: Sat, Oct 18th

TIME: 11 AM-12 PM

LOCATIONAlice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301

The Harbor Ring is calling on the MTA to host public input sessions in both Brooklyn and Staten Island as part of their ongoing pathway planning study with Parsons Brinckerhoff.  We want them to make a concerted effort to engineer and budget for this path during the study as a much-needed investment into New York City’s future transportation needs. We can’t wait to see you there!

Come show your support and tell the MTA how a Verrazano Bridge path would provide HUGE benefit to NYC’s transportation capability and the Harbor Ring route!

“We want to walk and ride on the Verrazano!”

Runners and cyclists, commuters and tourists, Staten Islanders and Brooklynites…No matter who you are, you’ve made it clear: you want to be able to walk and ride over the Verrazano Bridge!  Hundreds of the Harbor Ring’s supporters have commented on our petition for a multi-use path on the bridge:

vnb pre-ride“This is important to me because public transportation off and on Staten Island is limited. I have wondered for a long time why there isn’t already a pedestrian path across the bridge, since most NYC bridges do allow pedestrians. This would certainly make travel to Brooklyn much easier especially when money is tight.” -Vincent, Staten Island

Alternate access to parks and historic sites in Staten Island besides the roundabout way using the crowded ferry that has a limited schedule.”  -Emily, Brooklyn

“I live in Staten Island and it would be way more convenient for me to bike across the bridge to buy food or visit friends and family members.” -David H. Staten Island

“As a native of SI and now a Bay Ridge resident who is carless, this would be a life saver for getting back home, without spending the 1.5+ hour bus trip.”  -Andrea, Brooklyn

“I just attempted to walk all five boroughs yesterday, only to find out that pedestrians are not allowed on the Verrazano Bridge! What a disappointment after 25 grueling miles! Please finish the bridge. Thank you!”  -Jason, Liverpool, NY

“For increased happiness and a transportation opportunity that is cheaper and an exercise-induced, healthier option to get to my work on Staten Island. I think it also would allow for increased economic opportunities as well.”  -Megan, Brooklyn

Let us know your own reason on Twitter @TheHarborRing: Why do YOU want to walk and ride over the Verrazano?

Welcome to the Harbor Ring!

“Putting a pedestrian and bike crossing on the Verrazano Bridge is a wonderful idea — the bridge needs it, and I’m certain New Yorkers would love it and use it….I encourage the MTA and City officials to at least take a look at the potential and determine if it could work.”
~Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, October 4, 2014

Did you ever think about what great photos of Manhattan you could take on the Verrazano Bridge?  Have you wanted to ride your bike in a complete circle around the New York Harbor, traveling through two states and three boroughs to end up right back where you started?  Did you ever wish you could cross from Staten Island to Brooklyn without paying a toll, catching a bus, or dealing with traffic?

We’re the Harbor Ring Committee, and we want to make these wishes a reality.

The Harbor Ring Committee has been working since 2011 to promote a 50-mile loop of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure encircling the New York Harbor, including the main missing link: a multi-use path across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Through our petition for a Verrazano Bridge multi-use path, our regional route map, and our tireless collaboration with organizations and individuals throughout the New York City metro area, we want to improve safe access to affordable transportation within the region.  By connecting New Yorkers and tourists alike to the Harbor Ring route’s most iconic destinations, best recreational opportunities, and most unique local businesses, the Harbor Ring will foster increased economic activity and active living.

In 2014, the Verrazano Bridge turns 50 years old, bringing to light a half century of demand for a walkable, bikeable path.  We’ll be announcing some exciting plans to make sure our voices are heard–stay tuned!