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Harbor Ring Overview Brochure
A downloadable guide on the Harbor Ring’s advocacy for a bicycle/pedestrian path over the Verrazano Bridge to complete the 50-mile bi-state, tri-borough, half-century Harbor Ring route.

Harbor Ring petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo for a bicycle/pedestrian path over the Verrazano Bridge
Join over 3800 Staten Islanders, Brooklynites, New Yorkers, and tourists who want to walk and ride over the Verrazano Bridge.

Harbor Ring organizational sign-on letter for Verrazano Bridge bicycle/pedestrian path
In December 2012, seventeen regional bicycle/pedestrian advocacy and planning organizations signed on to a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo in support of a bicycle/pedestrian path over the Verrazano Bridge.

 

2013 Feasibility Study

MTA Contract #PSC-13-2935: Development of Master Plan and Conceptual Design of Upper Level Approaches and Belt Parkway Connector Ramps at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge RFP
August 2013
TS-1 Scope of Services (beginning page 90)
Phase I: Master Plan, Project 1: Bike Lane (page 101)

Parsons Brinckerhoff Technical Proposal Excerpt, October 2013
In response to the August 2013 RFP, Phase I: Master Plan, Project 1: Bike Lane

 

Testimony

Harbor Ring Chair Paul Gertner’s official testimony at the MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission Conference on July 17, 2014

 

Plans, History, Information

MTA: “Looking Ahead: A Context for the Next Twenty Year Needs Assessment,” July 2013
Provides background information for
MTA Twenty-Year Capital Needs Assessment 2015-2034
Planning for the Future: Bicycles (pg 117 of document; 123 of pdf)
“Particular areas where MTA needs to consider bike accommodation include:
Greater bike accessibility on MTA Bridges & Tunnels crossings, including the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (MTA has announced plan to evaluate the feasibility of installing a bike lane)”

Transportation During and After Hurricane Sandy
Rudin Center for Transportation, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, November 2012
Recommendations (page 31):
“Evaluate the deployment of bike & pedestrian access across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: With many Staten Island residents stranded without gas to power their cars, the ability to walk or bike across the Verrazano Bridge would allow them to reach locations with existing transit resources.”

Verrazano Pedestrian/Bicycle Access: Planning/Design Investigation
1997 NYC Department of City Planning Study
Findings:

  • This segment of the Greenway is critical to the success of the East Coast Greenway, as the link between Long Island, New York, New Jersey, and New England
  • Any proposed access alternative would be well used given the growing commuter market between Staten Island and Brooklyn, the need for access between the Brooklyn and Staten Island Gateway National Recreation area, other significant visitor attractions and major employers
  • All four alternatives are found to be feasible, ranging widely in costs and benefits.  All alternatives could be safe, secure, linked to other Greenways and would not impact vehicular traffic.
 

One Response to Resources

  1. Bill Orme says:

    I wanted to express my appreciation and support for your very professional and persistent approach to this important advocacy work. As a Brooklyn-resident daily city cyclist and as a member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council, a key new link in the Harbor Ring & Greenway, I look forward eagerly to the day when we can ride across the Narrows to Staten Island and complete the New York harbor cycling circuit. It would immediately become one of the most spectaclar and hence famous bike rides in the world, as all of us who have biked across the bridge in the 5-boro ride know from that experience. Let me know how I can help.

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