To the Editor:
Re “A Proposed Link for Manhattan and Queens, for Bikes and Pedestrians Only” (news article, June 25):
As much as we appreciate big-picture thinking about bike infrastructure, we favor more immediate action to make the Queens-Manhattan bike trip safer and less crowded.
The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge’s south roadway should be made into a walkway, with the north roadway converted to a two-way, bicycle-only path. This approach is supported by Manhattan and Queens elected officials and community boards and could be executed with minimal cost and put into effect immediately.
In the best circumstances, a new bridge could take more than a decade to build. It would face input from parties ranging from the U.S. Coast Guard and state environmental regulators to Roosevelt Island residents rightly concerned about being passed over by yet another structure.
Mr. Kallos is a member of the New York City Council. Mr. Harris is executive director of Transportation Alternatives, and Mr. Podziba is president and chief executive of Bike New York.