Unless you’re down for swimming, there’s currently no legal way to get to Staten Island from any of the other four boroughs without the aid of a car or public transportation. Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives seeks to change that, and is pushing the MTA to install a bike path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. “It is now a bridge that lacks access for all users.┬áThe need is still very much there,” said Transportation Alternatives spokesperson Dave Abraham. “Imagine being able to avoid the $12 or $15 toll and just having a pleasant bicycle route to go back and forth.”

Unfortunately, both the MTA and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro oppose the idea. While the MTA at least provides an explanation for their disagreement, citing budget issues and a priority on restoring the bridge’s entire upper level, Molinaro simply applies his trademark grumpy-old-man rhetoric to the situation. “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous, across the Verrazano Bridge,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense. How many people would use it? It’s got to be worth the effort and the cost, for everything you do.”

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