Verrazano Narrows Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Access

1. Potential Bicycle and Pedestrian Access to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge

 
Staten Island is the only borough of NYC without a direct pedestrian connection to the rest of the city. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which connects Staten Island with Brooklyn, is only accessible to cars and buses, though it is a key link in the bicycle network envisioned in New York City's Bicycle Master Plan. While pedestrians can cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge by bus, bicyclists can’t do the same legally and must rely on personal automobiles.
This survey focuses on two strategies that could improve bicycle and pedestrian access accross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge:
1. Installing bike racks on MTA buses, such as the S79 busline accross the bridge
2. Construction of a designated facility for cyclists and pedestrians.
Please help us gauge the desirability of bike racks on MTA buses and multi-use path options, and whether improvements to Verrazano Narrows Bridge connections would further improve bicycle usage.
1. I live in...
2. How often do you ride a bicycle..?
DailyWeeklyOccasionallyNever
In your neighborhood?
In other neighborhoods in your borough?
In another borough in New York City?
Outside New York City?
3. For what purpose would you desire to get a bicycle across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge? (select all applicable)
4. If you reside in Staten Island and commute to a different borough or city, how do you currently commute to work or school? (select all applicable)
5. If you reside in a borough other than Staten Island, or outside of New York City, and commute to Staten Island, how do you currently commute to work or school? (select all applicable)
6. At present, there are no bike racks on MTA buses.
Would the availability of bike racks on buses crossing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge encourage you to use your bicycle for transportation to-and-from Staten Island?
7. Would the availability of bike racks on all citywide MTA buses encourage you to use your bicycle for transportation?
8. Would you support the availability of bike racks on all citywide MTA buses? Please rate your support for bike racks on MTA buses on a scale ranging from 1 (no support) to 10 (very strong support).
9. At present, there is no bike lane or path going across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
Would the availability of a bike lane or path crossing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge alone encourage you to use your bicycle for transportation to-and-from Staten Island?
10. What is the likelihood that bicycle and pedestrian access across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge alone would influence your decision to (select one on each line)
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Use a bicycle or walk instead of driving a car for commuting?
Ride a bicycle to –and from- Staten Island and Brooklyn?
Ride a bicycle in Staten Island?
Ride a bicycle in New York City?
Rent a bicycle when visiting New York City?
11. What is the likelihood (compared to Q.10) that bicycle and pedestrian access across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge with improvements (such as bike lanes and paths leading up to the bridge) on the Brooklyn and Staten Island sides would positively influence your decision to
(select one on each line)
Greatly IncreaseSlightly IncreaseNo ChangeSlightly DecreaseGreatly Decrease
Use a bicycle or walk instead of driving a car for commuting?
Ride a bicycle to –and from- Staten Island and Brooklyn?
Ride a bicycle in Staten Island?
Ride a bicycle in New York City?
Rent a bicycle when visiting New York City?
12. How would the following improvements and amenities in Brooklyn and Staten Island influence the likelihood of your decision to take your bike across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge should a path be built? Answers range from 1 (minimal effect on my decision) to 10 (very significant effect on my decision).
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A greenway trail to the ferry
A greenway trail to the Goethals Bridge
A greenway trail from the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge
13. What is the likelihood that MTA buses with bike rack access across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge would influence your decision to
(select one on each line)
Greatly IncreaseSlightly IncreaseNo ChangeSlightly DecreaseGreatly Decrease
Use a bicycle or walk instead of driving a car for commuting?
Ride a bicycle to –and from- Staten Island and Brooklyn?
Ride a bicycle in Staten Island?
Ride a bicycle in New York City?
Rent a bicycle when visiting New York City?
14. How would the following factors affect the likelihood of your decision to take your bicycle across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge should a path be built? Answers range from 1 (minimal effect on my decision) to 10 (very significant effect on my decision).
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A maximum 4% grade on the bike path
Being able to free wheel going down the path
A possible long wait for a bus with a bike rack
Being exposed to the weather
The ease of mounting your bike on a bus's bike rack
Being able to admire the view of New York harbor
Being able to engage in exercise
Aiding the environment by walking and biking.
Saving money by walking or biking.
15. Do you have any other Comments about walking or getting bicycles across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge?
Summer Streets is a project of the New York City Department Of Transportation. The program, which is typically held on a number of consecutive Saturdays in the summer, closes major city streets down to traffic. The program is aimed at promoting cycling and other forms of non-motrized transportation.
The streets are typically programmed with a variety of activities that are geared towards healthy living, exercise, arts, music, and bicycling, in addition boasting many foodstands.
16. Summer Streets: Are bike racks on MTA buses essential for you, if you were to reach the route in Manhattan along which Summer Streets take place?

17. Would bike racks on MTA encourage you to participate in Summer Streets?
18. Would you support having a Summer Streets route run across the Verrazano Narrow Bridge? Please rate your support for such a route on a scale ranging from 1 to 10 (with 1 being "No support" and 10 being "very strong support").
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