Last month, a two-way protected bike path replaced a car lane on the Brooklyn Bridge. More people have already been able to safely bike across the East River, but there is still more work to be done to create Bridges 4 People.
Bridges 4 People hosted a bike ride and pedestrian parade to celebrate the opening of its new bi-directional bike path. Cyclists kicked off the celebration by biking both ways across the Brooklyn Bridge.
After the ride, cyclists met up with our pedestrian participants for a rally with speeches from TA Exceutive Director Danny Harris and Bridges 4 People activists. Everyone marched together on foot (some walking bicycles!) in a unified parade on the bridge's promenade to fun music from Off the Bar Brass!
#Bridges4People toured the various applications of bike lanes on city bridges and connecting street networks at the first annual Citywide Summer Ride! Participants met activists from all five boroughs and gained a better understanding of bike infrastructure across the city. Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin spoke at the rally before the ride.
Great to see the riders off this am for @TransAlt's #Bridges4People Citywide Ride to demand bike lanes on bridges & connecting street networks.
Unbeknownst to Robert Moses, the bike lanes on the Verrazano have been there all along — they just need to be liberated from the cars! pic.twitter.com/VLRwlA1YW5
Great ride today with @bridges4people and @TransAltBX advocating for more space on MTA owned Bridges, specifically the Verrazano, Triborough and Washington Bridges! From BK, to QNS and the Bronx we all agree we need more space for Cyclist and Pedestrians on Bridges!#bikenycpic.twitter.com/3zDCl7qjqv
City Council candidates from District 1 and 33 joined #Bridges4People for a ride from the west side of Lower Manhattan to and across the Brooklyn Bridge and then back over the Manhattan Bridge. Even though the Hudson River Greenway is the busiest bike path in the United States, it still isn't well connected to the East River bridges.
If you missed the event, you can watch a recording of the rally before the ride:
#Bridges4People hosted a virtual teach-in with activists and special guest speakers on why New Yorkers need more space on bridges and how to get organized! TA Executive Director Danny Harris, Brooklyn Council Member Stephen Levin, NYC People's Bike Mayor Courtney Williams, and Van Alen's Associate Director of Research Andrew Brown discussed how better transportation infrastructure improves equity, health, prosperity, and safety in our communities.
If you missed the event, you can watch the recording on YouTube: