Connect the North Shore Loop

As the North Shore evolves, our streets are evolving with it in ways that continue to make public spaces more welcoming and accessible while making walking, biking and using public transit safer for all. Between the 75+ miles of bike lanes that Staten Islanders now enjoy, upgraded pedestrian crossings, bioswales and other vital safety and resiliency improvements, it's getting ever easier to find new reasons to celebrate our communities.

With so many wonderful walkable and bikeable spaces available on the North Shore, their lack of connectivity becomes increasingly apparent. The most obvious and egregious gap in our North Shore’s cycling and pedestrian infrastructure appears when the Clove Rd bike lane ends. Its abrupt endpoint, adjacent to the heavily trafficked Clove Rd exit on the Staten Island expressway undermines the efficacy of an otherwise wonderful bike route. Likewise, the striking safety deficiencies along Narrows Rd N and Narrows Rd S deny cyclists and pedestrians any safe, direct way to travel east from Clove Rd or vice versa.

The Transportation Alternatives Staten Island Activist Committee is calling on Community Board 1 to urge the Department of Transportation to extend safe cycling and pedestrian infrastructure from Richmond Terrace to Bay St by extending the Clove Rd bike lane onto Narrows Rd North and Hylan Blvd and improving pedestrian infrastructure on Narrows Rd North and Hylan Blvd, thus creating a full bike infrastructure loop around the North Shore.

This petition will be delivered to
Staten Island Community Board 1 District Manager Joseph Carroll, Councilwoman Debi Rose, Borough President James Oddo
After years of improvements to Staten Island's North Shore bike and pedestrian infrastructure, Staten Islanders enjoy more than 75 miles of bike and pedestrian infrastructure but much of it is incomplete and disconnected. Likewise, it's becoming easier than ever to travel to and from the ferry terminal by bike or by foot, but traveling within Staten Island's North Shore without a car is still difficult and treacherous. If our North Shore is worth exploring, than it should be just as easy for cyclists and pedestrians to travel across the borough as it is for them to travel off it.

We need you to stand up for street equity not just on the shores but in the streets that cross through the heart of the North Shore and demand that NYC make complete east to west travel across the heart of the North Shore just as easy for cyclists and pedestrians as it is for motorists by extending the Clove Rd bike lane to Bay St via Narrows Rd North and Hylan Blvd and by improving pedestrian infrastructure on Narrows Rd N and Hylan Blvd.
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