Project - Greater Nyack Bike/Walk Master Plan (View All)
The Nyack river villages attract thousands of cyclists each year. They pedal in from Rockland County, North Jersey and New York City. On a busy summer weekend, as many as 5,000 visitors will bicycle through S Nyack, the Village of Nyack and Upper Nyack.
Many other visitors come by car to walk, hike or sight see. We are a destination for weekend recreation four seasons of the year.
The new Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path is expected to create a new tourist boom – similar to what Walkway Over The Hudson experienced when it opened in Poughkeepsie, NY. If the Shared Use Path attracts 1/10 as many annual visitors as the Walkway, Nyack will see 50,000 incremental visitors each year. No one knows how many of them will arrive by car and how many will bring their bikes, but it’s a good bet that the two villages abutting the bridge – Nyack and Tarrytown – will see a lot more visitors.
However, Nyack is not an easy place to navigate without a car. We need a plan to make it safer for our village visitors to get around today. It’s not just about tourists either: we need to make it easier and safer for residents to make local trips on foot or by bike. And we need to look out for our students, to encourage them when possible to get to school without taking a car or a bus.
Funded by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program, the Village of Nyack and its stakeholder partners in the Nyack School District, Upper Nyack and South Nyack will be creating a Bike/Walk Master Plan. The goal of this plan is to improve safety and create better connections:
- between neighborhoods and local destinations (downtown, Nyack Beach State Park, Palisades Center, public transportation, etc) for walking and cycling.
- to best manage the increased foot and cycling traffic that will occur after the new Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path opens for joggers, walkers, cyclists and tourists in 2018.
- for students and parents to get to and from Nyack Schools.
The final plan will include information on current and future bike and pedestrian traffic in the Greater Nyack community. Additionally, it should:
- Uncover opportunities to make it safer and easier for people to get around without a car; e.g. turning “goat trails” into safe sidewalks; creating bike lanes or paths where traffic or safety concerns warrant.
- Identify dangerous intersections, roads, and unsafe situations. Where these exist offer suggestions on how to make them safer.
- Find ways to encourage municipalities to create “complete streets.”
- Use improved signage and education programs to create more understanding and fewer conflicts between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
It should also suggest:
- Infrastructure improvements (bike lanes, bike paths, crosswalk improvements, traffic calming techniques, etc).
- Education initiatives regarding local laws, texting while driving/cycling/walking; “take the lane” rules; NYS safe passage law, pedestrian fatality rates for accidents where cars drive at speeds greater than 20 mph, etc.
- Where appropriate, increased enforcement of existing laws to make multi-modal use of the streets safer.
Milestones to date:
- RFP published: 8/20/2017
- Proposals received: 9/29/2017
- Notice posted to recruit committee members: 10/3/2017