of our Brochure
THE VERRAZANO LIFEWAY
The Verrazano Lifeway will provide a healthful, non-polluting
alternative to our congested highways and streets. It will serve walkers,
cyclists, skaters, hikers, runners and wheelchair users with a trail of
their own over one of the world's longest suspension bridges. Federal
funds are available to build the trail. Prefab sections would be hung
between the cables, and cantilevered at the approaches. The paths do not
take away any space from cars or reduce auto capacity. The bridge's original
design included two paths which were never built. A Department of City
Planning study shows how this omission can be corrected.
For more information about the Verrazano
Coast Greenway Alliance
Natural Resources Protective
Neighborhood Open Space
New York State Bicycle Coalition
Sierra Club – NYC Chapter
Staten Island Bicycle Association
Staten Island North Shore Greenbelt
Take a Walk, New York!
Third Avenue Merchants Association
Other Important Links:
Harvard VNB Study:
A Bicycle Path For the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: A Demand & Feasibility
Background and study information including the full text of the 1997 Dept.
of City Planning VNB Pedestrian/Bicycle Study
Bridges & Tunnels website
of our Petition to
help gather signatures
10 Reasons to Add a Lifeway
to the Verrazano Bridge
to allow New Yorkers and tourists to enjoy one of America's
great urban vistas. New York Harbor is our Grand Canyon.
2. to assist people
who need to get from here to there in civic emergencies. The East River
bridges evacuated over a million New Yorkers during emergencies, yet there
is no way to walk home to Staten Island from Brooklyn.
3. to encourage
the use of pollution-free bicycle transportation and reduce congestion
on bridges, roads and highways by moving short trips to bicycle transport.
4. to promote
alternatives to America's sedentary lifestyle. People walk more when they
have pleasant places to walk.
5. to carry an
East Coast Greenway route through NYC. East Coast Greenway is a planned
Maine to Florida landscaped trail. (www.greenway.org)
6. to connect
all of Gateway National Recreation Area with a bi-state greenway.
7. to bring Staten
Islanders to Brooklyn to enjoy the borough's great cultural and shopping
8. to bring Brooklynites
to Staten Island to enjoy the island's unique historical sites and beautiful
9. to save scarce
government tax-funds by building low-maintenance infrastructure and by
keeping people healthier due to increased physical activity.
10. to provide
a new greenway in NYC's greenway system that will cost less per user than
most new trails in America.
IT'S ABOUT OUR HEALTH A city with greenway trails is
a healthier city. Research shows that a quality trail system encourages
walking, cycling, and other forms of physical activity. Our greenways
provide the shared experiences that build community. Trees and greenery
along many of the trails clean the air, calm frazzled nerves, and even
help reduce crime. The Verrazano Lifeway will connect greenways along
the Brooklyn and Staten Island waterfronts.