George Washington Bridge
Spans the Hudson River.
Bicycle and Predestrian Access 6 AM to 12 AM (closed overnight).
Connecting Fort Lee, New Jersey with Washington Heights, the GWB’s bicycle and pedestrian paths feature stunning views of the palisades. The bridge is a favorite route for weekend warriors in the city who are connecting to the bike trails and parks along the Hudson River Valley. Normally the North walkway is for pedestrians only, and the south path is shared by bicyclists and pedestrians. The south side is fully ramped, but there is a long steep climb that can be difficult to negotiate. Also, there is limited visibility at the suspension columns. This has been improved with the recent addition of convex mirrors, but exercise care.
The Port Authority is in the midst of a large scale bridge renovation. Quick action by city cyclists, e-bikers and T.A. has preserved cyclists right to pedal across the GWB. In return, the Port Authority is asking that cyclists exercise extra caution for pedestrians during the construction period.
Because of security concerns following September 11, 2001 bicyclists and pedestrians are restricted to using the bridge between 6 AM and 12-midnight. T.A. firmly opposes this irrational lack overnight access, which complicates the commuting and recreational use of the bridge for hundreds of riders.
***As of April 2007, bicyclists are being diverted to the north pedestrian path (which has stairs). Click here for up to date service changes.***
George Washington Bridge by the Numbers:
T.A. Reports on the George Washington Bridge:
New Jersey - GWB Link to Palisades, Spring 2002
New Jersey Chapter - GWB to Palisades Link, Winter 2002
GWB Bike Patrol On the Way, May/June 1999
T.A. Member to Mirror on GWB, July/August 1998
George Washington Bridge Alert, May/June 1998
Which Way to the Brooklyn Bridge?, May/June 1996
For more facts: visit Port Authority of NY and NJ web site or call 212-435-7000.