Honorable Philip D. Murphy, Governor of the State of New Jersey
Honorable Kathleen Hochul, Governor of the State of New York
Dear Governors Murphy and Hochul,
We call upon you to support the Palisades Interstate Park Commission’s (“PIPC”) capital budget allocation request for $3.5 million for FY22-FY29 to resurface the scenic eight-mile long Henry Hudson Drive (the “Drive”) spanning Edgewater to Alpine.
Please know that this “naturally occurring linear park” has been a premiere destination for the region’s cyclists for decades. Not coincidentally, it connects to the two most heavily biked roads in the U.S.: Route 9W and (via the George Washington Bridge) the Hudson Greenway.
Both states have allocated significant resources to grow active transportation. New Jersey will spend $65 million to acquire the nine-mile right-of-way needed to build the Essex-Hudson Greenway. New York spent $200 million to complete the 750 mile Empire State Trail. And $400 million to incorporate a bikeway across the three-mile long Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
For a fraction of these sums, it can preserve access to this irreplaceable asset. We therefore urge you to support the PIPC’s request.
Chuck Solomon, President, Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey
Lisa Gillespie and Yolunda Silva, Co-Sheros, Black Girls Do Bike: NYC
Randy Locklair, President, Century Road Club Association
Luis Francisco Riveros, Administrator, Ciclistas Latinoamericanos de New York
Neile Weissman, Director, Complete George
Toby Weiner, President, Five Boro Bike Club
Tom Hennigan, President, Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association
Derecka Hendon, President, Major Taylor Iron Riders
Jay Marowitz, Past President, Morris Area Freewheelers
Leora Rosenberg, President, New York Cycle Club
Graham Weinstein, Founder & CEO, OutCycling
Shepard Grinker, Owner and Operator, Tenafly Bicycle Workshop