BAYONNE, NJ - Pedestrians and cyclists will now be able to traverse the Bayonne Bridge safely thanks to the opening a new shared-use pedestrian/bicycle path across the span.
During a special event held on Friday leadership of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, residents, and several bicycle advocates participated in a ceremonial first crossing via environmentally friendly mode of travel between Bayonne, NJ, and Staten Island, NY.
“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.”
Under construction since 2013 the new four-lane roadway on the main span of the new Bayonne Bridge opened in February. While the previous bridge provided only a six-foot-wide walkway the new 8,400 foot path from John F. Kennedy Blvd to Trantor Place in Staten Island measures 12 feet. A 9-foot-high pedestrian safety fence, modeled to compliment the bridge’s original railing design, provides additional safety protection.
“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.”