Safe, 24/7 Access for All to the Tappan Zee / Mario Cuomo Bridge

Tappan Zee Bridge at night. A cable stayed bridge with white lights shining on it. The whole thing shimmering on the water.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge (officially the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge) has a fantastic "Shared Use Path" for people walking, biking, etc.

Unfortunately, the State has bungled the implementation in key ways:

1. Closing the Path

The State is closing the path from 10 pm to 6 am, and they're closing it when it rains. This is a national transportation facility. It should be open 24/7 in all weather, just like the bridges New York City owns.

2. Unsafe Crosswalks

Safety on Route 9 around the Tarrytown end of Shared Use Path has been ignored. Fortunately, fixing the problems is easy.

3. Disabled Access

The path has "cyclists dismount" signs in South Nyack and Tarrytown. These are an ADA violation because there are folks riding bikes/trikes who either can't walk or can't do so easily.

Eliminating the dismount requirement is also necessary to prevent arbitrary and racist enforcement.

The chicanes installed in South Nyack are not ADA compliant because they can not be detected by canes.

The bollard by the path's Clinton Ave terminus in South Nyack leaves little room for people using wide cycles. Wheels for Wellbeing recommends barriers be at least 5 feet wide.

4. Unnecessary Stop

Together, we got the State to change "stop" indicators at the 6 overlooks to say "slow." But a "stop" indicator was painted at the Tarrytown end. Stopping there won't increase safety. Painting "slow" and a yield to pedestrians symbol would better expresses the goal at hand. And doing so would eliminate unnecessary police interactions.

5. Dangerous Drain Grates

There are several dangerous drain grates in the area. The DOT is flatly refusing to fix them.

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