RIOC Receives $5 Million TAP Award for Bike Lane

RIOC Bike Lane Project is expected to ease a welter of confusion and safety risks for bridge helix users.
RIOC Bike Lane Project is expected to ease a welter of confusion and safety risks for bridge helix users.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Late yesterday, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation announced that it will receive a $5 million award from the New York State Department of Transportation’s TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program) for the construction of a bike lane on the East Promenade.

"We look forward to the planning of this project," said Community Affairs Supervisor Jessica Murray.

Funding from the grant covers infrastructure improvements and electrical updates as well as pavement, landscape, lighting and signage finishes.

"New York State is making historic, nation-leading investments in cleaner and more sustainable transportation infrastructure which is crucial to the growth of local economies," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

"These investments in bike and pedestrian enhancements across the state will help revitalize communities, reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate once again that New York is building for the future."

As Governor, Cuomo controls both RIOC and the DOT.

"In April 2017, RIOC was also approved for a $2.96 million award from the TAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) towards the estimated $4 million bike ramp project construction," Murray added.

“The proposed bike ramp and bike lane projects aim to improve access and circulation to the island by constructing a bike ramp that will provide cyclists safe travel from the top of the Roosevelt Island Bridge down to the East Promenade” according to RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal.

“The new bike lane will provide a safe path for cyclists along the waterfront of the island, away from Main Street vehicular traffic.”

It was previously announced that RIOC engaged Dewberry Engineers and their team, including Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, to design the ramp and lane projects.

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