Please Sign This Petition: 24/7 Commuter Bicycle Access for the Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge
Although it offers recreational features, the SUP is not a park -- it's a NYS Thruway-built transportation corridor. The Shared Use Path can encourage future bicycle commuting in the Lower Hudson Valley but for that to happen, the SUP needs to operate on an weekday schedule that encourages people to leave their cars at home. Neighborhood concerns raised by residents who live adjacent to the bridge landings can be addressed without limiting the substantial bicycle commuting the SUP will offer:
- Like the new HudsonLink bus system, trans-Hudson bicycle commuting “will not only help to ease congestion and improve air quality, but ultimately provide New Yorkers with a safer, more convenient way to commute." It will also ease congestion and parking in Nyack and Tarrytown, especially near the Metro-North station.
- The Shared Use Path can be a transportation alternative for people without cars to get to Metro North and jobs in Tarrytown and beyond; especially locations not well served by HudsonLink. Commuters from lower income households are more likely to be bicycle commuters than the general population; 13% of Nyack residents live below the poverty line.
- The bike/ped path will benefit employers and employees on both sides of the river especially late-night shifts in service jobs.
- Greener, healthier communities: the 2010 Mid-Hudson Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory found that the transportation sector accounts for as much as 45% of greenhouse gas emissions in the river villages. The Village of Nyack Sustainability Committee and the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group have endorsed 24/7 operation of the Shared Use Path.
- It's the law: Because it was built with federal loans, the bridge must conform to Federal Highway Regulations which require transportation agencies to give the same priority to walking and bicycling as given to other transportation modes.
2019 RBC Ride of Silence
The Rockland Bicycling Club joined groups around the country and around the world to ride in silence on May 15, 2019 to commemorate cyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes with cars.
There were 40 crashes involving a car and a cyclist in Rockland County in 2018.
Each May RBC joins cyclists across the country and around the world to cycle slowly and quietly in a Ride of Silence to raise awareness of bike safety issues. At the May 15, 2019 Ride of Silence meetup at the Rockland County Courthouse, Rockland Bicycling Club President Mike Hays spoke about the 1934 hit and run crash of 18 year old Ted Vernon on NYS Route 9W.
Since the first Ride of Silence following the death of Plano, (2019 RBC Ride of Silence continues ...)
Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Hours: How You Can Help
The mayor of South Nyack is on record saying the future shared use path should only be open during daylight hours. The RBC disagrees, and in January we wrote to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to tell him why: RBC Asks Governor, NYS Thruway Exec Director To Keep Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Open 24/7
If you agree that this infrastructure investment should encourage people to try active, green and healthy bicycle commuting in the near future, write to Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Senator David Carlucci, (Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Hours: How You Can Help continues ...)
RBC Asks Governor, NYS Thruway Exec Director To Keep Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Open 24/7
The Rockland Bicycling Club wrote to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo on 1/30/2019 to go on record asking that the Shared Use Path (SUP) on the new Mario Cuomo Bridge be open 24/7. Because:
it's primarily a transportation corridor (which also has recreational purposes) -- the NYS Thruway builds transportation systems. If you don't close the roadway after the sun goes down, why would you close the bike path?
There are no limits on other NY area bridges with bicycle paths (the GWB is 6a-12m, but it was(RBC Asks Governor, NYS Thruway Exec Director To Keep Mario Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path Open 24/7 continues ...)
Seven Lakes Drive Bike Bypass PetitionSeven Lakes Drive, which spans 18 miles from Sloatsburg to Bear Mountain, is a scenic, rolling byway that unfolds the natural beauty of Harriman State Park to cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, Seven Lakes Drive is currently bisected by the Route 6 traffic circle, which is inaccessible for cyclists and pedestrians.
RBC members Ian Diamond and Mike Benowitz are leading an effort to get New York State to create a bike bypass on Seven Lakes Drive to create a straight ride south to Sloatsburg. (Seven Lakes Drive Bike Bypass Petition continues ...)