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Petition Calls For Pedestrian Access To The Verrazano Bridge

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Have you ever dreamed of running across the Verrazano Bridge only to be stifled once you realized that the bridge is only open to motor traffic? Well, a petition was started on Change.org calling for special construction that would allow foot and bike traffic on the gorgeous bridge that connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The petition wants the construction done in time for the bridge’s 50th anniversary coming in 2014. The addition of pedestrian and bicycle pathways would also be the final link in the Harbor Ring, a 50-mile cycling and pedestrian route that encircles the New York Harbor.

The petition cites a survey of over 700 people which noted that 84 percent of responders believed that a bicycle and pedestrian route over the Verrazano would ease traffic congestion.

Are pedestrian and bike lanes a no-brainer for the Verrazano? Is it a waste of time? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. SIers and Brooklynites deserve a toll-free option over the Verrazano. Many Staten Islanders were stranded after Sandy because the only way out was to drive over the bridge. We need bike&ped access now!