Mayor's Verrazano Vision
On the October 3rd broadcast of his weekly radio show, Mayor Bloomberg said that people should be able to walk and bike across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and that he is pushing the MTA to recognize the importance of building a bicycle and pedestrian path on the bridge. Unfortunately, the mayor failed to mention how to fund this project. A 1997 NYC Department of City Planning study estimated that it would cost $30 to $40 million to build a new biking and walking path across the Verrazano. Opened in 1964, and connecting Staten Island and South Brooklyn, the 9,100 foot long suspension bridge (the second longest in the world) has never had a bicycle and pedestrian path.