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New Staten Island bike paths: Planned connections to Bayonne, Goethals bridges

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Two new bike lane projects planned for the North Shore will safely connect cyclists to shared-use lanes on the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges.

In recent years, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has opened shared-use lanes on the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges to help connect pedestrians and cyclists from Staten Island to New Jersey.

Now, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced two projects, slated for implementation in late summer, to redesign streets near shared-use trail entry points, adding new bike lanes. that will make it easier and safer for cyclists. to enter and exit bridges.

“We believe these are great projects that connect to bridges, that connect to malls, that connect to public transit, and provide opportunities for recreation, travel, and tourism, which we believe will benefit Staten Island and community residents,” said DOT Project Manager David Northmore.

BAYONNE BRIDGE

For the Bayonne Bridge, the DOT plans to connect the Trantor Place entrance to the recently completed Avenue des Pays-Bas Bike Boulevard via Simonson Avenue and Walker Street, in a project that is also expected to improve pedestrian safety near PS 21 and Port Richmond Secondary School.

The Ministry of Transport will redevelop the streets near the Bayonne Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use lane of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On Simonson Avenue, from Holland Avenue to Walker Street, the DOT will add shared lane arrows in both directions, as the narrow, two-way nature of the street makes it impossible to install designated bike lanes.

Bayonne Bridge Bike

The Ministry of Transport will redevelop the streets near the Bayonne Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use lane of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On Walker Street, from Simonson Avenue to Morningstar Road, parking will be eliminated on both sides of the street in order to install 6′ bike lanes in each direction.

DOT officials told the Community Board 1 Transportation Committee that on-street parking is generally underutilized and eliminating the parking stalls would not have a significant impact on the area.

Bayonne Bridge Bike

The Ministry of Transport will redevelop the streets near the Bayonne Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use lane of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On Walker Street, from Morningstar Road to Trantor Place, the 24ft eastbound traffic lane, which includes parking, will be redeveloped to include an 11ft traffic lane, a 5ft cycle lane and a parking lane 8 feet.

Along the same section, the existing 24-foot westbound traffic lane will be realigned to include an 11-foot traffic lane and a 13-foot shared lane for motorists and cyclists.

Bayonne Bridge Bike

The Ministry of Transport will redevelop the streets near the Bayonne Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use lane of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

In Trantor Square, from Walker Street to Bayonne Bridge, one traffic lane will be removed in each direction, with median parking lanes in place on both sides of the street and a two-way protected cycle lane along the west sidewalk.

GOETHALS BRIDGE

For the Goethals Bridge, the DOT plans to connect the Goethals Road North entrance to the existing Arlene Street Bikeway via South Avenue, Fahy Avenue, Felton Street, and Lamberts Lane.

Goethals cycle paths

The Department of Transport will redesign the streets near the Goethals Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use path of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On Goethals Road North, from Forest Avenue to South Avenue, the DOT will replace one traffic lane with a two-way protected bike lane along the southern edge.

Goethals cycle paths

The Department of Transport will redesign the streets near the Goethals Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use path of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On South Avenue, from Goethals Road North to Fahy Avenue, one traffic lane will be narrowed westbound to widen the sidewalk and create a shared-use lane for cyclists and pedestrians that will prevent bicycles from mixing with the heavy traffic.

Goethals cycle paths

The Department of Transport will redesign the streets near the Goethals Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use path of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On Fahy Avenue, from South Avenue to Felton Street, an eastbound bike lane will be installed along the southern edge, with shared lane markings added for those traveling westbound.

Goethals cycle paths

The Department of Transport will redesign the streets near the Goethals Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use path of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On Felton Street, from Fahy Avenue to Lamberts Lane, shared lane markings will be added in both directions, but no designated cycle lanes will be installed.

Goethals cycle paths

The Department of Transport will redesign the streets near the Goethals Bridge to better connect cyclists to the shared-use path of the span. (Courtesy of DOT)

On Lamberts Lane, from Felton Avenue to Arlene Street, the 26ft traffic lanes will be redeveloped to include an 11ft traffic lane, an 8ft parking lane, a 5ft cycle lane and a 2ft buffer. feet in both directions.