Would you pay a Half Dollar to Bike Across the GWB?

half_dollar.jpgAn outraged reader points us to Benepe’s Bike Blog where journalist, cyclist (and sister of New York City’s Parks Commissioner) Jennifer Benepe has been working to improve bicycle access to the George Washington Bridge.

In a letter to the Port Authority Benepe suggests that cyclists would be happy to pay a fifty cent toll to cross the bridge, in return for "the same amenities as motorists: ramped entrances and exits, direct connections to bike routes and bike paths, such as the Westside greenway, and most importantly, 24-hour access."

I don’t think there is any serious proposal on the table to toll the GWB’s bike paths but what do you think? Would you keep a half dollar tucked into your Lycra shorts for a more bike-friendly bridge to New Jersey?

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Without access to the north outer roadway, cyclists have to either wait for a circuitous shuttle bus or find another way over the bridge. Photo: Angela Stach

DOT Has Closed the Queensboro Bridge Bike/Ped Path Overnight for 16 of the Past 24 Months

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The Queensboro Bridge bike/ped path has been closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for 16 of the last 24 months while ConEdison conducts electrical repair work. Currently, a six-week closure that began on May 21 is making nighttime trips especially difficult for working cyclists. Despite the regularity of the closures, DOT still hasn't worked out a reasonable alternative for people who count on overnight access to the path.