2018/04 – Supporters

240 organizations, businesses, communities and public officials have called upon the PA to widen the GWB paths to comply with national standards as part of the upcoming recabling. Links are to letters of support.

  • Members of Congress Carolyn B. Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney, Eliot L. Engel, Nita M. Lowey, Kathleen M. Rice, José E. Serrano, Lydia M. Velazquez, Yvette D. Clarke and Bill Pascrell, Jr.
  • NY State Senators Marisol Alcántara, Martin Malave Dilan, Jesse Hamilton, Jose M. Serrano; Assemblymembers Carmen De La Rosa, Inez E. Dickens, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Deborah J. Glick, Ellen C. Jaffee, Walter T. Mosley, Francisco P. Moya, Daniel J. O’Donnell, Dan Quart, Robert J. Rodriguez, Frank Skartados, Richard N. Gottfried
  • New York City Council Members Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Mark Levine, Rosie Mendez, Benjamin Kallos, Helen K. Rosenthal, Corey D. Johnson, Costa G. Constantinides, Andrew Cohen, Karen Koslowitz, Carlos Menchaca, Daniel Dromm, Donovan J. Richards, Rafael Espinal, Daniel R. Garodnick, Rory I. Lancman, Stephen T. Levin.  See Resolution 1072-2016.

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-8-18-10-amManhattan CBs 4, 7, 9, 12, Bronx 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Yonkers, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Edgewater and Cliffside Park alone comprise 1.4 million residents in support.

  • 60 bike shops and bike-friendly businesses, including Bicycle Habitat, Strictly Cycles, Piermont Bicycle Connection, NYC Velo and Hastings Velo and 9W Market.
  • Bloggers The Radavist and Bike Snob who calls the GWB the “crown jewel of recreational cycling” in the region.
  • Non-cycling organizations include: New York Road Runners whose members now face a choice of sharing a path with a slow moving tourists or swift streams of cyclists; WE ACT, based in West Harlem, empowers low income people to build healthy communities; StreetsPAC, dedicated to improving the safety, mobility and livability of NYC streets; Regional Plan Association, an indispensable resource for tri-state policy makers for 90 years; and Hudson Valley Tourism which extends north to Albany.

Quotes

  • “6,000 cyclists cross the GWB per weekend.  This is a number that will go up, not down.” – Orange County, NY
  • “As a long-distance cycling club, we wholeheartedly support segregating the pedestrian walkways and widening the bicycling pathways of the GWB as part of the planned refurbishing of the span.” – Long Island Randonneurs
  • “CB4 supports policy which advocates for, accommodates, and respects all road users, and is on record requesting that new cross-Hudson River tunnels and bus facilities include cyclist needs. The closest Hudson River Crossing to CB4 which allows cycling is the GWB.” – Manhattan Community Board #4
  • “Despite the 23 mile distance, Glen Rock has a surprisingly large number of bicycle commuters and we’d love to see this number grow as each additional biker is potentially one less car on the road.” – Borough of Glen Rock, NJ
  • “Over the past several years, the Borough has installed bike lanes, promoted bicycle safety and has served as the host community to bicycle races and similar functions. Widening the paths would serve as a perfect compliment to improvements and policies that we, and neighboring communities, have implemented.” – Fort Lee, NJ
  • “With new off-road opportunities opening up in Sterling Forest, Harriman State Park, paths that meet federal guidelines will insure that cyclists can commute to and from NYC with ease.” – International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA)
  • “The PA’s Plan to allocate one 7 foot path for peds and runners and one 7 foot path for cyclists will inevitably cause runners to move over to the cyclists’ path.” – NY Road Runners
  • “Despite being the only bike route over the Hudson leaving NYC, the proposed 7-foot paths seem more like an afterthought than a true civic amenity.” – Regional Plan Association

Neile Weissman, 2018