Press Release Article


Date: May 24, 2019
Press Release Number: 78-2019

New shared-use path opens in time for Memorial Day weekend;

Will provide environmentally friendly means of travel between Bayonne and Staten Island

The Port Authority today opened the new shared-use pedestrian/bicycle path on the Bayonne Bridge, providing cyclists and walkers with an environmentally friendly mode of travel between Bayonne, NJ, and Staten Island, NY.

The shared-use path was built in conjunction with construction of the new bridge, a project scheduled for completion in the coming weeks. The path will be open seven days a week, weather permitting, from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Immediately prior to the path’s opening to the general public, several bicycle advocates and pedestrians participated in a ceremonial first crossing over the span from Staten Island into Bayonne.

The new four-lane roadway on the main span of the new Bayonne Bridge opened this past February. The previous bridge provided a six-foot-wide walkway that was closed when construction of the new bridge began in late 2013. The new 12-foot-wide shared use path provided on the east side of the bridge spans approximately 8,400 feet from Trantor Place in Staten Island to John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne. A 9-foot-high pedestrian safety fence, modeled to compliment the bridge’s original railing design, provides additional safety protection.

“This new shared-use path is part of our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint by promoting non-traditional modes of travel,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “We continue to work cooperatively with Bayonne and New York City to enhance the connections between our shared use path and the surrounding communities for those who cross the spans on foot or by bicycle.”

“Bicycling has become a way of life for many people given traffic, parking and other constraints faced by drivers every day,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The Bayonne Bridge’s shared use path is a wonderful advance to support this growing travel mode and also underscores our commitment to sustainability and to reducing GHG and air pollution emissions.”

“We commend the Port Authority for developing this new and improved pedestrian and bicycle facility and thereby expanding its multi-modal offerings,” said Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. “By providing additional transportation options for North Jersey and Staten Island commuters, the authority places itself at the forefront of transportation agencies in the region. This new shared-use path also will provide substantial recreational, health and economic benefits to New Jersey communities, and further develop the area as a destination.”

“Bike New York congratulates the Port Authority for opening a wide, fully ramped cycling and walking path on the Bayonne Bridge,” said Kenneth J. Podziba, President/CEO of Bike New York. “Opening up new travel and recreational opportunities for residents of Staten Island and Hudson County in New Jersey will greatly enhance the quality of life for pedestrians and bicyclists alike. This development is a big step in the right direction and the bicycling community is very grateful to the Port Authority while also anxiously awaiting progress on other area bridges.”

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