Winter 2001, p.5

Manhattan Bridge Path Debuts This Spring

The DOT has officially set the opening date for the Manhattan Bridge bike and pedestrian path for the second week in May 2001. The path runs along the south side of the bridge and will accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians. In 2004, a dedicated bikeway on the north side will be opened. The Manhattan Bridge has been closed to cyclists and pedestrians since World War II, when access was blocked for security reasons.

The path access points will need to be designed to accommodate the influx of cyclists and pedestrians it will surely attract. In the coming months, T.A. will continue to pressure the DOT to provide safe access. Transportation Alternatives is optimistic that the DOT will stick to the schedule and open the long-awaited path on time.

Check the Bike Week schedule at www.bikeweeknyc.org for the Grand Opening event.

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