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Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Connects Brooklyn and Staten Island.  [ Photos ] 

Closed to bicycles for the foreseeable future.

Occasionally an organization may receive permission to ride bicycles across this bridge as part of an event -- check out the Five Boro Bicycle Tour.

Operated by Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Specific Links:  [ MTA ] [ Transportation Alternatives ]

George Washington Bridge

Connects northern Manhattan and Fort Lee, New Jersey.  (Interstate Routes 80 and 95).  Administered by Port Authority of NY and NJ -- see Bridges page

The usual bicycle route is on the South walkway of the upper roadway (as of summer 2001). Photos of George Washington Bridge

as of May 2005, the South walkway is closed at night from Midnight to 6:00 am, according to this page on the Port Authority website.

See Important Message to Bicyclists who use the GWB -- from Port Authority.

Specific Links:  

[ Port Authority | Transportation Alternatives | Condition reports | Photos

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Tappan Zee Bridge

Connects Tarrytown and Nyack.  (Interstate Route 287, New York State Thruway)

Closed to bicycles for the foreseeable future.

Occasionally an organization may receive permission to ride bicycles across this bridge as part of an event -- see Great Tappan Zee Bike Tour for MS, organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society -- Southern New York Chapter

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Haverstraw - Ossining Ferry

Connects between Haverstraw on the west side to the Metro North train station in Ossining on the east side. 

The ferry is run by NY Waterway mainly for weekday commuters (as of October 2003).

Critical point for planning tours:  The ferry operates only Monday thru Friday and only early in the morning before 9:00 am and later in the afternoon after 4:30 pm.  This ferry does not run on weekends and not in the middle of the day (as of October 2003).  For more current info + details, check:

Haverstraw - Ossining Ferry on NY Waterway website

Ossining is on the Metro North Hudson Line, and offers train service south to New York City and north to Poughkeepsie.

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Bear Mountain Bridge

Connects roads below two big hills:  Anthony's Nose (in Cortlandt) on the east side and Bear Mountain on the west.  (Routes 6 and 202).  Administered by the New York State Bridge Authority

Bicycles can ride on the shoulder of the roadway (as of November 2001). 

Watch for big expansion joint openings.  Many bicyclists will dismount to cross them.  Others find it helps to ride across them in a somewhat diagonal direction.

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Newburgh-Beacon Bridge ("Hamilton Fish")

Connects Beacon on the east and Newburgh on the west.   (Interstate Route 84).  Administered by the New York State Bridge Authority

Bicycles may be ridden on the sidewalk on the South side of the bridge (as of December 2004).  The sidewalk has a big view south over the river to Storm King and other mountains, and it is nicely designed for maximum enjoyment of that view.

It's the longest sidewalk across the Hudson River that allows bicyclists and walkers.

Surface of the sidewalk is metal with a strong texture.

  • Warning: Metal surfaces can become very slippery when wet.
  • The strong texture on the surface makes it not fun for skating.

Sidewalk is normally closed outside normal daylight hours (as of 2004). 

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Mid-Hudson Bridge ("Franklin D. Roosevelt")

Connects Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County on the east and Highland in the town of Lloyd in Ulster County on the west.  (Routes 44 and 55).  Administered by the New York State Bridge Authority

Bicycles may be taken across the walkway on the North side of the bridge (as of November 2001).  Normally this walkway is closed and locked outside normal daylight hours (as of November 2001). 

From the East side (Poughkeepsie), ride down Church Street, watching for side traffic from entrance ramp, get onto the North sidewalk.

From the West side (Highland), look for the "Bicycle Route" signs.  The bicycle route starts from a traffic light on Rt 9W, just North from the bridge.   Follow Haviland Rd eastward, which ends at the North walkway.

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Walkway over the Hudson

  • Walkway Over The Hudson -- Bridge across the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland, a rather wide walkway open for bicycling and walking. Big views up and down the river, especially nice of the road bridge and river to the south. [ official website ]  Off-road, paved (concrete and asphalt) about 1.5 mile long.

As of 2009 there is no off-road connection between the Walkway and the Dutchess Rail Trail or with the Lloyd-Highland Rail Trail -- but as of 2010 there is a project to connect with the Lloyd-Highland Rail Trail.

For a 4-mile loop that goes crosses the River twice, once over the sidewalk of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, but includes more than a mile on public roads with significant motor vehicle traffic, see Mid-Hudson / Walkway loop - (loop could also be used for walking or running, especially for those starting from the Poughkeepsie train station).

Access to the Walkway is roughly one mile on streets from the Poughkeepsie train station (service by Metro North and Amtrak from New York City).

GPS: main access to Walkway east end in Poughkeepsie from public roads (with parking nearby as of 2009) [ on Google Maps ] -- latitude-longitude (approx)
= 41.71171,-73.92446 = N41.71171 W73.92446

main access to Walkway west end in Highland from public roads (with parking nearby as of 2009) [ on Google Maps ] -- latitude-longitude (approx)
= 41.71014,-73.95522 = N41.71014 W73.95522

The section that's actually over water is less than a mile long.

Claimed to be the longest bridge in the world that allows pedestrians but not motor vehicles.

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Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

Connects roads north of Rhinecliff and Rhinebeck (Route 199) on the east side with Kingston (Route 209) on the west.  Administered by the New York State Bridge Authority

It is a wonderful experience to cross westbound early on a crisp clear morning in mid-October with the Catskills in fall color. 

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Rip Van Winkle Bridge

Connects Hudson and Greenport on the east side with Catskill on the west.  (Route 23).  Administered by the New York State Bridge Authority

Roadway is open to bicycles, and easy and worthwhile to ride across (as of October 2001).  There is also a walkway on the South side for pedestrians (as of October 2001).  If you climb to the Olana mansion on the hill just East from the bridge, there is a famous view. 

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Thruway Extension Bridge

The Berkshire extension of the New York State Thruway crosses the river south of Rensselaer and Albany and north of Hudson and Catskill. 

We have never heard of anyone riding a bicycle across it. 

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Dunn Memorial Bridge

Connects Rensselaer on the East side and Albany on the West.

There is a bicycle path across it.

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