There are miles of bike lanes in Brooklyn and Staten Island, but as of 2018, a New York City plan has yet to include a bike lane or pedestrian path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which connects the two boroughs. .
However, there are several ways to access Staten Island with a bicycle, including ferry services between Brooklyn and Manhattan and Staten Island, as well as riding one of the new Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses that had racks of bikes added in early 2017.
Still, these methods of transportation are often difficult and time-consuming and discourage motorcyclists from venturing into New York’s 5th Ward. The only time the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is open to cyclists is for special occasions like the annual Five Boro Bike Tour when lanes of traffic are reduced to create temporary bike lanes for the duration of the tour.
Bring your bike to Staten Island from Brooklyn
Today, there are a number of ways you can transport your bike from Brooklyn (or Manhattan) to Staten Island, but each method takes much longer than just riding your bike across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
The easiest of these methods is to ride your bike in Lower Manhattan along the boardwalk to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, where you can pay a fee to transport yourself and your bike to the island district. In total, the trip from Bushwick to Staten Island’s Saint George Ferry Terminal takes a little over an hour with the right time.
Another option is to cycle down to Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, which is the southern tip of Brooklyn and right near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. There, you can get on one of the MTA city buses, which hopefully has a bike rack. If you are lucky enough to catch one of these new buses, the whole trip will take you around an hour and a half.
Progress on bike lanes on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
In late 2015, the New York City MTA introduced a bill to install bike and pedestrian lanes across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, but as of late 2017, no progress has yet been made on passing the law. or the construction of this project.
Instead, lobbyists and city lawmakers claimed the project would cost more than $ 300 million, an estimate that many critics suspected was fraught with unnecessary spending and perhaps even as a way to deter voters from passing the initiative. .
Apparently the plan worked. In early 2016, the bike and pedestrian path plan was removed from the list of renovation projects for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which now has an additional HOV lane, allowing more cars to pass between Brooklyn and Staten Island. doing nothing to fix the problem. access by bicycle between municipalities.
So it seems that hopeful cyclists who want to experience both Brooklyn and Staten Island in a single day will have to settle for taking a bus or ferry between the two for now, not the worst case scenario, but this definitely deters hundreds of cyclists a day from doing the hike.