The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently released a preliminary report on its Verrazzano-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 Verrazzano-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!
“Putting a pedestrian and bike crossing on the Verrazzano 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 Verrazzano 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 Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Through our petition for a Verrazzano 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 Verrazzano 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!