Economic Benefits

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

More travel choices means more customers.


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.


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


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


Safe streets mean kids can come downtown on their own


Most kids live an easy walk or bike ride away from school. But dangerous streets make us spend ~4% of our school taxes on bussing. Fixing Route 9 can cut a big chunk out of that $9.6m budget line.


150 non-fatal crashes each year cost us $2.7m.

3 people were killed by Route 9 since 2012. This huge emotional loss also drained $5m from the community. 3

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. NYSDOT, ALIS, 2007-2016. National Safety Council, Guide to Calculating Costs.
  4. Text: Steve Robson, Acorn Hardware, Jesmond, UK. Photo: Sustrans. | | T: @route9active