The Journal News ran a story on a potential bike path for the new Tappan Zee Bridge and a Pace employee who might use it.
From The Journal News:
Whatever happens with the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, it seems there will be a new way to get to work for some of its crossers.
The Request for Proposal issued Friday requires the teams bidding to build the bridge to include a 12-foot-wide path for walking and bicycling.
That opportunity isn’t likely to quiet the debate over the bridge, which is raging at its hottest as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration presses on toward a construction start this year.
Many of those who would most welcome a bike path — advocates for alternatives to driving — are also those who are unhappy that the bridge won’t come with a new mass transit system.
But it would be an amenity many would enjoy. Certainly, for recreational use — say, a bike trip to Piermont from Westchester — it’s a natural.
And it would present an opportunity to advance commuting by pedal power. At least for some.
The bridge itself would be about 3 miles long, so the best opportunities to use it for a ride to work would be those areas not too far from the bridge.
The typical bike commute is 5 miles or less, said Darren Flusche, policy director with the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C.
But there are hardier cyclers. Some will pedal as far as 20 or 25 miles each way, said David Wilson, executive director of the Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester and Putnam.
Karl Coplan, co-director of the Pace University Environmental Litigation Clinic, is one commuter who would use the path. The Rockland resident’s commute now is often a complicated trek, riding a bike to a boat club in Nyack, paddling a kayak across the Hudson River to another boat club in Tarrytown, where he picks up a second bike for the 8-mile ride to the college’s White Plains campus.
Read the rest of the article at lohud.com.