Fall 2001, p.9

Washington Crossing the Hudson

One of the busiest bicycle intersections in New Jersey is also one of the state's most dangerous. The danger zone is Main Street and Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a narrow, twisting stretch of road that climbs the Palisades just south of the George Washington Bridge. It's a route thousands of cyclists use each week to travel between the GWB's bicycle and pedestrian lane and the Palisades Interstate Park.

Fortunately, there is an inexpensive and attractive solution that would increase safety and encourage cycling in one of the NJ's most scenic places. Transportation Alternatives proposes a 3/4-mile multi-use path to provide safe passage for cyclists along this busy roadway that is flooded with speeding motorists. The connector would be on the east side of Hudson Terrace and Main Street, between the GWB and the entrance to the park. The land on that route is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Palisades Interstate Parkway Commission.

At T.A.'s request, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has launched a crash study on Main Street and Hudson Terrace. T.A. urges officials to take the first important step of establishing jurisdiction over the land so that a plan can be produced and implemented to solve one of cycling's biggest problems in the Garden State.

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