Bike groups advocate for lanes on Verrazano Bridge

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As the summer winds down, some bike riders are already thinking of next summer and are hoping the Verrazano Bridge will be the next frontier for pedestrians and cyclists.

Groups are advocating for a proposal to open a lane of the Verrazano Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists at designated times.

Bike South Brooklyn and Transportation Alternatives of Staten Island Activist Committee met up in Bay Ridge Sunday. They say their goal is to show the MTA Bridge and Tunnel Authority that there are many riders who support a pilot program to open up biking on the Verrazano Bridge.

The groups say that the bridge now has 13 lanes, and claim that there is more than enough space to accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians and joggers.

Now, the proposal recommends repurposing the right Staten Island-bound lane on the lower level at certain times that aren't as busy with vehicle traffic. Advocates say that lane also has the easiest access points on both sides of the bridge.

Organizers say they plan on presenting a petition signed by people who support this pilot program to the MTA.

 

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