File #: Res 1072-2016    Version: * Name: Port Authority of NY and NJ to widen the George Washington Bridge’s sidewalks.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 5/25/2016
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to widen the George Washington Bridge's sidewalks.
Sponsors: Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Costa G. Constantinides, Helen K. Rosenthal, Corey D. Johnson, Andrew Cohen, Karen Koslowitz, Carlos Menchaca, Daniel Dromm , Donovan J. Richards, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Paul A. Vallone, Daniel R. Garodnick, Rory I. Lancman
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Attachments: 1. May 25, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Res. No. 1072

 

Resolution calling upon the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to widen the George Washington Bridge’s sidewalks.

 

By Council Members Rodriguez, Constantinides, Rosenthal, Johnson, Cohen, Koslowitz, Menchaca, Dromm, Richards, Espinal, Vallone, Garodnick and Lancman

 

                     Whereas, The George Washington Bridge’s sidewalks are the only connection across the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey for pedestrians, runners, and bicyclists; and

                     Whereas, The paths are heavily used, with an average of 1,700 cyclists and 900 pedestrians crossing each day; and

                     Whereas, The sidewalks are ten feet wide except where the bridge’s suspender ropes pass through, where they are less than seven feet wide; and

                     Whereas, According to Federal Highway Administration guidelines, shared-use paths should be at least ten feet wide and up to fourteen feet wide if they are heavily used; and

                     Whereas, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning an extensive renovation that will replace all of the bridge’s suspender ropes beginning in 2017 and lasting until 2024; and

                     Whereas, As part of the project, the sidewalks will be replaced and new ramps that will provide access to the sidewalks will be constructed, but the sidewalks will not be widened; and

                     Whereas, New York City has made efforts in recent years to make its roadways safer and more convenient for pedestrians and bicyclists, particularly through the Vision Zero street safety initiative and the expansion of the bicycle lane network; and

                     Whereas, The Port Authority’s own Bicycle Policy states that its goals are to integrate  “improved bicycle access” and “safe bicycle lanes,” and to “promote the safe coexistence of motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians” at its facilities; and

                     Whereas, The width of the bridge’s sidewalks do not meet federal standards for high-use pedestrian and bicycle paths, and

                     Whereas, The planned renovation project presents a unique opportunity to build sidewalks that would be able to safely and comfortably accommodate the increasing number of pedestrians and bicyclists expected to use the bridge in the decades to come; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to widen the George Washington Bridge’s sidewalks.

 

 

LS# 5327

4/29/2016

JM