Economic Benefits

The Route 9 Active Transportation Project gives people new ways to travel.

More travel choices means more customers.

Tourism

Route 9 links Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Philipsburg Manor, Lyndhurst and Sunnyside. A protected bike lane would encourage riding Metro North to the area then cycling between destinations.

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

The Bridge path had 250,000 users in the first 6 months. Safe conditions on Route 9 will draw the less courageous riders to dine in downtowns as well as get more locals to the Bridge without driving.

Recreation

A $7m investment in cycling infrastructure for the Outer Banks now generates $60m in cycling tourim each year 1

Residential

People who rely on walking and biking spend more money locally each month than people who drive 2

Children

Safe streets mean kids can come downtown on their own

Change is Scary, But Worth It

Before Street Enhancements

"It would be devastating for businesses. If people can't park, it will put people off."

After Street Enhancements

"The road has become more vibrant with the increase in pedestrians and cyclists."

  1. Lawrie, et al, "Pathways to Prosperity," NCDOT, 2014
  2. Clifton, et al, "Consumer Behavior and Travel Choices," TRB, 2013
  3. Text: Steve Robson, Acorn Hardware, Jesmond, UK. Photo: Sustrans.

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