17/04 – Supporters

Updated June, 2017

170 cycling organizations, businesses and communities have broadly called upon the Port Authority of NY & NJ to widen the paths on George Washington Bridge to comply with national standards as part of the upcoming reconstruction.

Links indicate where the group has provided their own statement.

  • 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, George Latimer, Jose M. Serrano and 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
  • NYC 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.  See Resolution 1072-2016.
  • Manhattan Community Boards #4, 7, 912, Bronx #45, 7, 8; the city of Yonkers

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Manhattan CBs 4, 7, 9, 12, Bronx 4, 5, 7, 8, Yonkers, Edgewater, Englewood Cliffs and Fort Lee together comprise 1.2 million residents in support.

  • NY State Bicycle Racing Association, Westchester Cycle Club, Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club, Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix, Long Island Randonneurs.
  • Sixty bike shops and bike-friendly businesses including Bicycle Habitat, Strictly Cycles, Piermont Bicycle Connection, NYC Velo and Hastings Velo and 9W Market.
  • Bloggers including The Radavist and Bike Snob who calls the GWB the “crown jewel of recreational cycling” in the region.
  • 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 of color to build healthy communities; StreetsPAC, dedicated to improving the safety, mobility and livability of NYC streets; and Regional Plan Association, an indispensable resource for policy makers across the tri-state region for 90 years.

Quotes

“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 CB4

“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.” – Borough of Fort Lee, NJ 

“As one of the densest metropolitan areas in America, NYC and NJ cannot afford to ignore aging infrastructure. We must commit to shore up 20th Century infrastructure that cannot keep up with the demands of the 21st Century.” – Eight members of the U.S. Congress

“Cycling is important to our tourist economy. In 2011, NJDOT estimated that 6,000 per weekend biked from the GWB up 9W to Rockland.” – Rockland County

“As a New York-based long-distance cycling club, we wholeheartedly support segregating the pedestrian walkways and widening the bicycling pathways of the George Washington Bridge as part of the planned refurbishing of the span.” – Long Island Randonneurs

“With new off-road opportunities opening up in Sterling Forest, Harriman State Park and other public lands, paths that meet federal guidelines will insure that cyclists can commute to and from New York City with ease.” – International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) 

“We acknowledge the logistics and expense, but we firmly believe that the benefits will justify these costs many times over. The health, safety, time efficiency, and sheer quality of life of our residents should be our highest priority and deserving of our full commitment.” – Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez and Mark Levine

“The PA’s Plan to allocate (1) 7’ path for pedestrians and runners and (1) 7’ path for cyclists will inevitably cause runners to move over to the cyclists’ path”. – NY Road Runners

“We will be proposing a regional bike network as part of the Fourth Plan, and I would fully expect (the GWB) to be part of it.” – Regional Plan Association 

“We would encourage the Port to continue to think aggressively about planning for adequate bike facilities in all of its projects. Specifically, about the long-term need for additional capacity on the George Washington crossing.” – NYC Deputy Mayor and former PANYNJ Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris

Neile Weissman, 2017