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Safe Access to Bridge is Needed for Cyclists

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To the Editor:

 

In a few months’ time, the Mario Cuomo bridge will open a spectacular bike path and walking path that will enable cyclists and pedestrians to cross over the Hudson River without a car. The new path will probably be a destination point for cyclists and tourists from all over. This is very exciting.

Many of the cyclists will be cycling from hotels along Route 119. This road is busy with lots of traffic. It’s dangerous for the inexperienced cyclists. I urge members of the NYS Legislature and the Governor to consider implementing a recommendation that was made in 2019 by a  consultant who has been working with village and town officials  and cycling enthusiasts to build a bike path on Route 119 from the South County trail and North County trail to the Mario Cuomo bridge. IF this would be done soon – it will enable cyclists to bike from the Bronx/Yonkers line to the bridge or from the Putnam Westchester line to the bridge safely. It will make the bike path on the Mario Cuomo bridge much more of a destination point because cyclists won’t have to share Route 119 with motorists.

It would be sad if cyclists lose their lives on Route 119 because the state built a safe bike path on the bridge without building a safe path from Route 119 to get to and from the bridge. The state budget will be voted on by April 1, 2020. I urge residents to contact the Governor and our state lawmakers and ask that this be given priority during the budget process.

Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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