Support bicycle and pedestrian pathways on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  • Petitioning Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Governor Andrew Cuomo

Support bicycle and pedestrian pathways on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

    1. Petition by

      Harbor Ring

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the spectacular connection between Brooklyn and Staten Island, is open only to motorized traffic. It is off-limits to those traveling on foot and bicycle. In honor of the Verrazano’s upcoming 50th anniversary in 2014, we’re advocating for the construction of bicycle and pedestrian pathways over the bridge. These pathways would be the last link in 50-mile route around New York Harbor, known as the Harbor Ring, and would greatly benefit the health, emergency access, and economic viability of the neighboring communities in the NYC/NJ metropolitan area.

Built in 1964, the Verrazano Bridge was initially engineered to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle pathways stretching between Brooklyn and Staten Island, though the paths were ultimately never included in the final design.  A 1997 study by the NYC Department of City Planning and the bridge’s engineers Amman and Whitney confirmed the feasibility of several options to enable bicycle and
pedestrian access, including a multi-use path.  All of the proposed options are to the outside of the traffic lanes on the upper level, with a path on each side of the bridge, providing the best views and with no impact on motor vehicle traffic. In honor of the Verrazano’s upcoming 50th anniversary in 2014, we’re optimistic that the bridge will finally be completed, ultimately allowing for the full realization of the Harbor Ring.

The Harbor Ring (harborring.org) is a proposed 50-mile cycling and pedestrian route encircling New York Harbor. The route would integrate 28 miles of existing shared-use paths and bikeways connecting Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bayonne, Jersey City, and Hoboken, and would include another 20 miles of bike-friendly streets. Most of the 50-mile route can presently be used by pedestrians, cyclists, runners, and skaters. But the route is missing one critical link- bicycle and pedestrian access over the Verrazano Bridge.

A recent survey showed that 84% of over 700 respondents believed that the presence of bicycle and pedestrian pathways over the Verrazano Bridge would “strongly encourage” them to use a bicycle as transportation between Brooklyn and Staten Island, potentially easing congestion and facilitating access to a community with one of the longest commute times in the nation.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. A Verrazano-Narrows Bridge walkway? Advocates pushing to make it a reality

      The SI Advance covers the Harbor Ring's plans to hold a rally for a Verrazano bike/ped path. Join us on Oct 18, 2014, 11 AM, Alice Austen House in Staten Island! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463010210626407/

      Article here: http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2014/09/verrazano_bridge_walkway_advoc.html#incart_river

      A Verrazano-Narrows Bridge walkway? Advocates pushing to make it a reality

      STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Whether it be by foot or by bicycle, some Staten Islanders have long pined for car-less access to Brooklyn via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Residents looking to show support for a pedestrian path across the span can join the advocate committee Harbor Ring for a rally on the grounds of the Alice Austin House Museum on Oct.

    2. Reached 3,200 signatures
    3. You Might Really Be Able to Walk to Staten Island One Day

      Brooklyn Magazine covers the Harbor Ring's efforts and includes the RFP to assess the feasibility of adding bike/ped paths to the bridge. We're getting closer to being able to walk between SI and Brooklyn every day!

      http://www.bkmag.com/2013/10/18/you-might-really-be-able-to-walk-to-staten-island-one-day/

      You Might Really Be Able to Walk to Staten Island One Day

      You Might Really Be Able to Walk to Staten Island One Day The Environmental Protection Agency disrupted two businesses on the Bushwick-Ridgewood border because the sites showed elevated levels of radiation due to their involvement in the Manhattan Project, DNAinfo reports.

    4. MTA eyes cycling path for Verrazano

      Great news for the Harbor Ring--the MTA has issued an RFP for the Verrazano Bridge's approaches, with a request to assess the feasibility of bike/ped paths as well. Thanks, MTA!
      http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20131013/TRANSPORTATION/310139990

    5. Advocates Publish Map of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Around NY Harbor

      DNAinfo report: As we and Senator Diane Savino call for Verrazano Bridge bike/ped paths, you can now download our official Harbor Ring map from our website, HarborRing.org!

      Advocates Publish Map of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Around NY Harbor

      STATEN ISLAND - Advocates pushing for pedestrian and bicycle access across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge have published a map of trails along New York Harbor. The Harbor Ring, started by volunteers from Transportation Alternatives, published the map of a 50-mile pedestrian and bicycle ride that takes people through Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and parts of New Jersey.

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Verrazano Bridge bike path not a new idea, advocates say

      The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reminds all that bicycle and pedestrian access over the Verrazano Bridge has been a highly championed idea since the 1990's, by such distinguished leaders as Councilmember Vincent Gentile, Charles Otey (attorney and BK Daily Eagle columnist) and Senator Martin Golden. The Harbor Ring welcomes their valuable collaboration in hopes of finally achieving this much-sought-after goal! http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/verrazano-bridge-bike-path-not-new-idea-advocates-say-2013-04-10-143000

    8. Petition for Verrazano pedestrian, cyclist path gets attention of MTA

      Great update from Brooklyn News 12 on how the MTA is considering a feasibility study for a bike/ped path over the Verrazano in 2014. http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/petition-for-verrazano-bridge-pedestrian-cyclist-path-gets-attention-of-mta-1.5035941?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

      A/N Blog . MTA Gears Up to Consider Bike Lanes Across Verazzano Bridge

      With the launch of the Citi Bike share program around the corner, New York City's bike advocates are focusing their efforts on the next cycling obstacle: the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Harbor Ring, an advocacy project of the Regional Plan Association, is calling for a 50-mile cycling and pedestrian route encircling New York harbor.

    9. MTA Gears Up to Consider Bike Lanes Across Verrazano Bridge

      Architect's Newspaper Blog shares news of Harbor Ring petition and the MTA's willingness to conduct an updated feasibility study in 2014: http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/58580

      A/N Blog . MTA Gears Up to Consider Bike Lanes Across Verazzano Bridge

      With the launch of the Citi Bike share program around the corner, New York City's bike advocates are focusing their efforts on the next cycling obstacle: the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Harbor Ring, an advocacy project of the Regional Plan Association, is calling for a 50-mile cycling and pedestrian route encircling New York harbor.

    10. DOT Considers Bike Lane for Verrazano Bridge

      DOT Considers Bike Lane for Verrazano Bridge

      a bicycle and pedestrian lane across the Verrazano Bridge has gained some traction. The Brooklyn Daily reports that the MTA is considering conducting a feasibility study for allowing cyclists and peds on the bridge, although it wouldn't happen until 2014 or later.

    11. MTA To Study Verrazano Bike Path Option

      An update on the campaign for bike/ped access on the Verrazano by the Bensonhurst Bean: http://www.bensonhurstbean.com/2013/04/mta-responds-to-proposed-verrazano-bike-path-with-a-maybe/

      MTA To Study Verrazano Bike Path Option - Bensonhurst's News Blog

      New York City bicycling enthusiasts have for years dreamed of creating a "harbor ring" that would link parts of New York and parts of New Jersey with an interconnected bike path. So far, there is a way to bike through Manhattan, Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne and Staten Island, but the trail runs dead at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

    12. Cyclists push for Verrazano bike lane

      Beautiful photos and great coverage of petition and campaign by the Brooklyn Paper! http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/36/14/all_verrazanobike_2013_04_05_bk.html

      Cyclists push for Verrazano bike lane

      Getting to Staten Island won't require as many wheels as it used to if a group of cycling advocates gets its way. Pedal-pushers are pushing to add a bike and pedestrian path to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a vital motorist-only connection between Brooklyn and Staten Island that currently boasts 12 lanes for cars and none for velocipedes.

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures
    14. The Verrazano Bridge Bike Lane Petition

      All-around New York news and culture blog Animal covers our petition for Verrazano Bridge bike/ped access with a stunning bird's eye panorama of the bridge. http://animalnewyork.com/2013/the-verrazano-bridge-bike-lane-petition/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+animalnewyork+%28ANIMAL%29

      The Verrazano Bridge Bike Lane Petition - ANIMAL

      Getting a bike lane across the Verrazano Bridge is just as likely as it was last October, when activists publicly advocated for its construction-that is to say, it almost certainly isn't going to happen. But that isn't stopping cycling diehards from continuing to push, as evidenced by a nearly 1,000-signature petition to Andrew Cuomo that has popped up on Change.org.

    15. Staten Islanders told there's a glimmer of hope for V-N bike path plan

      Hopeful coverage from SI Advance on the Harbor Ring petition for bicycle and pedestrian access over the Verrazano Bridge! Can it launch us to 1000 signatures today? http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/staten_islanders_told_theres_a.html#incart_river

      Staten Islanders told there's a glimmer of hope for V-N bike path plan

      STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A bike path across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge isn't in the immediate future, but the MTA has not completely put the brakes on the idea. A petition has surfaced on change.org, looking to install a pedestrian/bike path on the Verrazano in time for its 50th anniversary next year.

    16. Petition Renews Campaign For Bike/Pedestrian Pathways On Verrazano

      Bay Ridge Odyssey reports on our petition, now at over 900 signatures! http://www.bayridgeodyssey.com/2013/04/petition-renews-campaign-for-bikepedestrian-pathways-on-verrazano/

      Petition Renews Campaign For Bike/Pedestrian Pathways On Verrazano " Bay Ridge Odyssey News Blog

      TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: Six months after Transportation Alternatives proposed bike and pedestrian lanes on the Verrazano Bridge as part of their Harbor Ring project, supporters of the idea have begun a petition on website Change.org in order to help gain some much-needed traction, as well as the attention of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    17. Reached 800 signatures
    18. Advocates Call on Cuomo to Support Path on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

      Streetsblog, the go-to source for all livable streets news, gives stellar and thorough coverage of our 750-signature (so far!) petition. http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/03/29/petition-calls-on-cuomo-to-support-path-on-verrazano-narrows-bridge/

      Advocates Call on Cuomo to Support Path on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge | Streetsblog New York City

      by Stephen Miller Next year, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will mark its 50th anniversary. Although the structure was designed to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle paths, they were never included. Now, advocates are hoping a renewed push can close the gap in what they're calling the Harbor Ring, a 50-mile loop around Upper New York Bay.

    19. Closing Bell: Pedestrian Access for Verrazano Bridge?

      More petition coverage from Brownstoner, Brooklyn site for real estate, renovation, and neighborhood news. http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2013/03/closing-bell-pedestrian-access-for-verrazano-bridge/

      Closing Bell: Pedestrian Access for Verrazano Bridge?

      A Change.org petition is up to build a pedestrian access route along the Verrazano Bridge, in honor of the Verrazano's upcoming 50th anniversary in 2014. Brokelyn noted. The petition asks for both foot and bicycle lanes, both of which were deemed doable in a feasibility study conducted back in 1997.

    20. Close the gap: petition looks to bring pedestrian access to Verrazano

      Our petition for a toll-free option over the Verrazano passes muster with thrifty-chic Brokelyn blog. Thanks for the coverage--we're at over 500 signatures in just two weeks! http://brokelyn.com/close-the-gap-petition-looks-to-bring-pedestrian-access-to-verrazano/comment-page-1/#comment-58505

      Petition looks to bring pedestrian access to Verrazano

      Robert Moses, New York's master builder, has left his legacy all over the city. And while we won't be so immature as to call him "stupid," we will go ahead and say he lacked a certain amount of foresight. How else to explain the man's absurd insistence on building structures and neighborhoods with only cars in mind?

    21. Reached 500 signatures
    22. Petition calls for pedestrian, cyclist path spanning Verrazano Bridge

      Positive press and community support for our petition by Brooklyn News 12! http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/petition-calls-for-pedestrian-cyclist-path-spanning-verrazano-bridge-1.4920058

      Petition calls for pedestrian, cyclist path spanning Verrazano Bridge

      Some New Yorkers are fighting for a pathway that will let them walk or bike from Brooklyn to Staten Island. A Change.org petition has collection more than 400 signatures so far asking for a pedestrian walkway to be installed on the Verrazano Bridge.

    23. Reached 400 signatures
    24. Bensonhurst Bean Coverage on March 22nd

      The Bensonhurst Bean blog (Brooklyn) recently covered our petition! Please keep spreading the word for bicycle and pedestrian access over the Verrazano Bridge!

      http://www.bensonhurstbean.com/2013/03/petition-calls-for-pedestrian-access-to-the-verrazano-bridge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BensonhurstBean+%28Bensonhurst+Bean+%29

      Petition Calls For Pedestrian Access To The Verrazano Bridge - Bensonhurst's News Blog

      Have you ever dreamed of running across the Verrazano Bridge only to be stifled once you realized that the bridge is only open to motor traffic? Well, a petition was started on Change.org calling for special construction that would allow foot and bike traffic on the gorgeous bridge that connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.

    25. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • tracey iovino STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • about 1 hour ago

      I have rode over the bridge in the 5 Boro bike ride and it is a beautiful ride. It is time to create more ways for all to easily access SI.

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    • josh reyes BRANDON, FL
      • 1 day ago

      The fealing of the bridge outside a car is awesome

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    • Charlotte Gabriele BALDWIN, NY
      • 1 day ago

      How lovely to be able to use this bridge without an automobile - zero carbon footprint! Any politician can be proud to say that he/she supported this.

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    • Susan E Solow NORTH WOODMERE, NY
      • 1 day ago

      it will increase the activity level of our citizens, decreasing the problems associated with lack of exercise (chronic diseases, cancer,etc. I am a health care provider with over 35 years of clinical experience. I love the bridge, I work at the Brooklyn VA hospital and see it daily on my commute to and from work.

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    • George Hartoularos BROOKLYN, NY
      • 1 day ago

      I love riding my bike, it would be great to take it into Staten Island from home for a change.

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