State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi of the Bronx and Assembly Member Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas of Queens propose a Senate bill that would give cyclists a voice, and push the MTA to open its bridges to the public. Read more on Streetsblog and the Brooklyn Paper about what this means for the Verrazzano!
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.
You can view the entire MTA presentation HERE.
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
Saturday, October 10th at noon
Shore Parkway (the the end of 4th Avenue)
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
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.
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! We can’t wait to see you there!
A 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 photographer
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:
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/
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!
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!
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:
We’re 3,700 strong–and growing! Throughout Staten Island, Brooklyn, New York City, and the United States, people everywhere are declaring their support for a walkable, bikeable path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
DATE: Sat, Oct 18th
TIME: 11 AM-12 PM
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!