FIBORO BRIDGES Manhattan Bridge
Spans the East River.
24/7 Bicycle and Pedestrian Access

Brooklyn Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge boasts progressively-designed separate bike and pedestrian paths. The north side features a 10-foot wide bike path, while the south side accommodates pedestrians with an 8-foot wide walkway. When they opened on June 25, 2001, it marked the first time in 40 years that all four major East River bridges accommodated bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Canal Street approach is heavily congested, due to cars exiting and entering the bridge. The Brooklyn side is considerably safer, with a curbside, color-pigment bike lane on Jay Street, and an on-street greenway on Sands Street (currently under construction).

***Reconstruction of the upper roadway has temporarily closed the north bicycle path. Cyclists have been redirected to the south pedestrian path, which has stairs on the Brooklyn side, until August 2007***

Manhattan Bridge by Numbers:
Distance: 6885 feet
Design: 1909 Suspension Bridge
Engineer: Othniel Foster Nichols
Manhattan entrance: Bicyclists access the North Bicycling Path at Canal Street and Forsyth Street; Pedestrians access the South Walkway on Bowery between Canal Street and Bayard Street. (PDF)
Brooklyn entrance: Bicyclists access the North Bicycling Path at Sands Street and Jay Street; Pedestrians access the South Walkway on Jay Street between Sands Street and Nassau Street. (PDF)

Approach maps courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation

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