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Old 06-11-08, 08:49 AM   #1
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NEW: NYC GWBridge Adovcacy Group

Join the Google Group "GWBridge": http://groups.google.com/group/GWBridge?hl=en

This group will organize the people who regularly walk, skate, or bike across the GWB. Because the bike path is vulnerable to unpredictable closure or alteration, it is important for those that have a stake in it to be accessible.
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Old 06-11-08, 03:46 PM   #2
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1) They generally close it for required maintenance. I seriously doubt any advocacy group can get them to stop fixing the bridge.

2) Why not just join TA?
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Old 06-11-08, 03:57 PM   #3
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Agreed.
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Old 06-15-08, 06:58 PM   #4
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ta dos not get involved in all matters, and there are more bike matters than they can handle in nyc.
gw bridge could use a specialized group.
it will take it a while to get any clout though, but a start is a start
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Old 06-15-08, 09:28 PM   #5
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Apparently TA does have various committees to deal with special projects, like the Queens Committee who organized the Tour De Queens. Working within an experienced bicycle advocacy group would probably be much easier than starting from scratch.

There was some TA email reposted on the NYCC.org bulletin board about a new greenway linking the GWB and Palisades Interstate Park.
http://www.nycc.org/mb/thread.aspx?b...331&tp=1&c=(22)
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Old 06-16-08, 10:00 AM   #6
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I would like to see a campaign to improve the Manhattan ramp. That thing is atrocious. There is a metal plate at the bottom, a sharp turn to get on, the hairpin in the middle and it is too narrow for 2 bikes to pass. There is plenty of space for a new full helix to be constructed, like at the Brooklyn entrance to the Manhattan bridge. While the MTA created a new exclusive bike lane there even with a parallel bridge a short distance away, the PA treats the GWB bike lane as just optional and at their discretion even though there is no other option.
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I would like to see a campaign to improve the Manhattan ramp. That thing is atrocious. There is a metal plate at the bottom, a sharp turn to get on, the hairpin in the middle and it is too narrow for 2 bikes to pass.
Not to mention a double stroller.
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streets blog was redesigned last week and it now has an area where you can start your own group devoted to something like this. i think this would be an even better approach to a lot of advocacy type issue than Google groups, since everything bike/ped related will be in one place.
i May try this approach to try and organize or brainstorm, crowd source ideas to get the nys park and state dot to provide shuttle buses from either cold spring or peekskill metro north station thru harriman state park to rt 17 in sloatsburg.
buses equipped with bicycle racks would enable a lot more harriman state park users to go car free. the hiking trail heads are over flowing with cars, if there was a shuttle bus, many would be able to leave the cars at home.
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buses equipped with bicycle racks would enable a lot more harriman state park users to go car free. the hiking trail heads are over flowing with cars, if there was a shuttle bus, many would be able to leave the cars at home.
Uhm. Why not just take the Port Jervis train line up to Sloatsburg or Tuxedo?

You could even take the Hudson line to Manitou or Peekskill, and ride across the bridge at Bear Mountain....
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Uhm. Why not just take the Port Jervis train line up to Sloatsburg or Tuxedo?
You could even take the Hudson line to Manitou or Peekskill, and ride across the bridge at Bear Mountain....
people using the park that live around the bronx and westchester area have the hudson line , which would be about 40 minutes to cold spring or peekskill. traveling down to catch port jervis would take a couple hours to accomplish the same.
the bike ride is doable , but the return ride on seven lakes drive at night is too risky , it is used as a highway /shortcut and is bad enough during the day with the party crowd and drunken beach goers. used to train up there over 15 years ago, and it just got progressively worse with inattentive aggressive drivers.
Plenty of hikers t would benefit from a shuttle bus from the port jervis line to the metronorth line, it is only about 30 miles.
most of the trails are accessible from seven lakes drive. A shuttle bus would also enable the port jervis line hikers to access and use other trails than the reeves meadow trail head. Reeves meadow trail head gets packed since it is one of the only trails that is reachable by walking from sloatsberg train or bus.
The parking area for reeves meadow is also quite large, so everybody tends to meet there, it is also one of the better trails.
hike wise , i am sure there are enough people coming from the hudson line area that would take a shuttle over if it was available. A lot of the breakneck hiker crowd would also now have access to new trails.
state parks should be accessible by public transit, harriman state park is way too car centric, it needs public transit and speed reduction.
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GWBridge google group

Thanks for the suggestion. Many of us are TA members. We hope that by organizing under a specific interest we can work with and for TA to forward our cause.
Most of us feel that it is not good enough to just accept that the path will be closed for maintenance, just as drivers wouldn't accept if the motor lanes were all closed. Promoting the use of the bridge for bikes will take advocacy, and organizing this way might help.

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