ROOSEVELT ISLAND – (November 14, 2018) - If you missed last Saturday’s Walk and Talk about the proposed bicycle ramp and bike lane project, it’s not too late to share your opinions.
While only 10 residents showed up for the 10 a.m. community walkthrough - that started at the Motorgate garage and continued along the East Side Promenade - RIOC has provided a questionnaire about the project to solicit your thoughts.
The proposed Roosevelt Island Bike Ramp and Eastside Bike Lane Promenade project aims to construct a bike ramp connecting bicyclists from the top of the Roosevelt Island Bridge down to the East Promenade and provide a two-way ¾-mile safe path for bicyclists along the waterfront of the Island away from Main Street vehicular traffic.
In April 2017, RIOC was approved for a $2.96 million award from the New York State Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) towards the estimated $4 million ramp construction.
In 2018, RIOC applied for a second TAP award, $5 million; to be applied to the potential $10 million construction costs of the bike lane which includes infrastructure improvements, electrical needed for lighting, storm water/bio-infiltration management; along with pavement, landscape, lighting and signage finishes. Potential award announcements are expected to come this December 2018.
RIOC has procured Dewberry Engineers and their team including Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects to design the ramp and lane project. The group has just completed its existing conditions study and is beginning the design process with community input.
Please fill out the attached questionnaire and return to Alonza Robertson, RIOC’s public information officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.