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Bike, Pedestrian, and Micromobility Strategic Action Plan

The MTA is committed to making it easier for riders to access our system by walking and biking. We also want to support equitable and sustainable transportation modes and decrease reliance on cars.

To that end, we are creating a Strategic Action Plan to outline how pedestrians, cyclists, and other micromobility users can better access MTA facilities and services. The plan will show how we can work with local governments, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to provide better transportation connections. The plan will be released at the end of 2022.

We want to hear from you!

The MTA is developing our strategy to improve bicycle, pedestrian, and micromobility access to our buses, trains, and bridges. Your feedback will help us create this plan. You have until August 12 to submit a comment.

Background

In December 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation directing the MTA to create a plan to improve cycling and pedestrian access at our facilities.

As part of the planning process, the MTA will consider how to improve access on our bridges, at subway and rail stations, and on MTA buses and trains, provided those accommodations can be made safely.

To develop the plan, we are looking at:

  • Improving bicycle, pedestrian, and micromobility access to subway stations, commuter rail stations, and bus stops
  • Integrating trip planning and payments with bike-sharing and micromobility services
  • Strengthening coordination with municipalities
  • Improving pedestrian and bike access to and on MTA bridges

These strategies will help support the growth of sustainable transportation modes. They will also make it easier and more pleasant for cyclists and pedestrians to connect to other modes of transit.

We are working with local governments and other agencies in our service area, such as NYC DOT, to develop this plan. We are also soliciting input from other partners, including our customers, advocacy groups, and bike share and micromobility companies.

A bicycle parked at a bike rack outside of a train station.
Bike parking at a Long Island Rail Road station.
Oonee Bike Pod
An Oonee bike storage pod at Grand Central Terminal.
A man selects a blue Citi Bike from a bike-share station near a subway stop.
Citi Bikes are available near many subway stations.

What we've already done

Bike access to commuter rail: Over 60% of MNR and LIRR stations outside of NYC already include bike parking. There are bike lockers at six Metro-North Stations and 18 LIRR stations. Bike permits are no longer required on LIRR and Metro-North trains. In February 2022, we partnered with Oonee to install a secure storage pod at Grand Central Terminal that can hold six bikes.

Bus bike racks: We installed permanent bike racks on four bus routes: the S53, S93, Q50, and Bx23. These allow customers to travel longer distances with their bikes. They help riders who need to cross the Bronx-Whitestone and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges. You can find more information on bike access at MTA facilities in our guide to biking.

Bikes and pedestrians on bridges: MTA Bridges and Tunnels has invested in numerous bicycle and pedestrian access improvements, including the following:

  • Adding the new Morris Street Pedestrian Bridge over the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Manhattan Plaza (completed in December 2017)
  • Widening a pedestrian approach and renovating the entire walkway of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge (completed in December 2020)
  • Improving bicycle lanes and pedestrian crossings at Lily Pond Avenue on Staten Island near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (completed October 2021)

Near-term planned improvements

  • MTA has several planned projects at a range of bridge facilities to improve ADA and bike access, including at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.
  • MTA is planning to work with stakeholders in the commuter rail territory to implement 10 pilot programs, including bike, pedestrian and micromobility station access improvements. This effort also includes the launch of a new Toolkit for our stakeholders to assess station access and design pilot programs in the future to improve mobility to MNR and LIRR stations.
  • MTA is partnering with NYCDOT to ensure bike parking is sited near subway stations.
A bike lane next to the entrance to a bridge. The bike lane has grass on one side, and a white concrete barrier on the other.
A pedestrian pathway near the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.
A set of bike racks near a subway station.
Bike racks near a subway station.
A red bicycle in a train terminal.
Bike permits are no longer required on LIRR and Metro-North.

Guiding principles

Transportation Equity: We are focusing on the areas with the most need for fair transportation options. These may include communities of color, areas with a large percentage of low-income residents, or areas where many residents do not have access to a vehicle. Our strategy will guide how we will proactively engage with these communities.

Stakeholder Engagement: We are meeting with different partners as we develop this strategy. These may include local governments in our service area; the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee; and bicycle, pedestrian, and disability advocates. This will help us identify issues, coordinate efforts, and find ways to remove barriers or make improvements.

Integrated Planning: We are including bicycle and pedestrian access in the planning process for future MTA projects where possible. MTA funding for projects occurs on a five-year Capital Plan timeline. Learn more about the MTA’s Capital Plan and process.

Policy and Management: We will establish how we track these improvements and ensure sustained progress.

Next steps

The plan will outline goals, processes, and policies for creating an integrated transportation network. We’ll look at local, national, and international best practices as we consider these improvements.

Your feedback will help us create this plan. Submit a comment.

Some questions we are exploring:

  • What is state of the art design for bicycle and scooter parking, depending on community context? How can this be applied at MTA facilities?
  • How can MTA investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on and around bridges complement other regional projects?
  • What best practices can we use to make the trip planning and payment experience seamless for secured bike parking, shared micromobility, and transit users?
  • Which subway and railroad stations lack nearby bike parking?
  • How can the MTA leverage under-utilized property to accommodate secured parking facilities and other forms of parking areas for micromobility devices?
  • Where can better connections be made between the bike lane network and transit stations?
  • How should pedestrian and bicycle parking improvements be prioritized across the MTA's network in New York City, adjacent New York counties, and Connecticut?