VISITING THE PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Welcome to the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path!
We know you’re excited to walk or bike across the mighty Hudson River.
You probably have lots of questions. You can find most of those answers on this website, but we’ll make things simple and address the most common ones here.
When is the path opening?
The shared bicycle and pedestrian path is scheduled open today at 2 p.m.
The path’s regular hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily but it may have to temporarily close due to inclement weather, maintenance operations or security concerns. The best place to receive updates is on our new Twitter account.
What makes the path unique?
With its signature blue overlay, the 12-foot wide shared path extends 3.6 miles from its Westchester Landing in the village of Tarrytown, across one of the widest points of the Hudson River, to its Rockland Landing in the village of South Nyack.
Located on the northern side of the bridge’s westbound span, you’ll encounter six scenic overlooks, digital kiosks, interpretive signage and 10 works of public art. Visitor parking, food, restrooms, bicycle repair stations and other amenities, along with connectivity to local bike and pedestrian networks, are also available at both landings.
What about COVID-19? What steps are being taken?
The New York State Thruway Authority has put safety protocols in place to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. To ensure the safety of all path users, visitors should keep six feet apart from others. When social distancing cannot be maintained, wear a face covering on the path and in the restrooms. We’ve also placed anti-microbial film on our digital kiosks. These are the same protections used in hospitals. Physical and digital signs will be posted to remind visitors of their shared responsibilities during this time.
How long does it take to walk across the path? What about biking it?
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because it takes about 80 minutes to walk the length of the path. Remember, that’s 3.6 miles. One way! Of course, some of you may only want to walk to the first overlook or two. Nonetheless, factor in your return trip.
If you’re on a bike, figure it’ll take approximately 20 minutes to go from end to end. Be sure to stay within the 15-mph speed limit and always yield to pedestrians. And please wear a helmet. Per a new state law, Class 1 and Class 2 bicycles with electric assist (e-bikes) may be used on the path by those 16 years of age and older.
Although the path features designated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists traveling in both directions to ensure safety, use common sense and respect others.
You should also keep the following in mind:
- Wind, rain, sun, and temperatures all feel more intense out over the water, so dress accordingly.
- Know your limits and take care of yourself.
- Restrooms are in the Welcome Centers at both landings.
- Water fountains are available at both landings, not on the path itself.
- You may feel the bridge vibrate; this is normal.
- If you need assistance, use the blue light phones along the path.
Is there parking at the path?
Yes, but we expect the lots will fill up quickly, particularly in the coming weeks.
Check our Twitter account for updates and consider visiting during off-peak hours, such as weekdays. Bear in mind, there is also a four-hour time limit in the lots.
To make it easier to get here, we’ve partnered with the New York State Department of Transportation to offer free bus shuttle service through the summer. We strongly encourage visitors to take mass transit to the path.
Hudson Link, which serves the Interstate 87/287 corridor, will provide free shuttle service from large commuter parking lots in Rockland and Westchester. The path shuttle will stop near the path’s landings in both Tarrytown and South Nyack, starting today and running through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Hudson Link path shuttle will begin its regular weekend summer schedule, operating from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The path shuttle will begin at the Palisades Center Lot J Commuter Parking Facility in West Nyack in Rockland, stop in South Nyack near the entrance to the shared path, cross the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in a dedicated bus lane, stop on Route 119 in Tarrytown near the path’s Westchester Landing and end at Metro-North Railroad’s Tarrytown station.
The state-of-the-art path shuttles will leave every 20 minutes from Palisades Center.
A map, schedule and details are available on Hudson Link’s website.
As part of its COVID-19 response, Hudson Link is taking the following precautions:
- All passengers are required to wear face masks.
- All passengers are asked to sit six feet away from each other while on the bus.
- Hand sanitizing units are installed on all its buses.
- All operators wear face masks, gloves and use hand sanitizer.
- CDC approved industrial sanitizers are used nightly to clean each bus.
Will there be food at the path?
Yes! As part of a pilot program, we’re working with local merchants to offer a variety of food options at both landings, along with e-bike rentals.
Three food trucks – Anthi’s Greek Specialties, Westchester Burger Company and Graziella’s Italian Kitchen – will serve both the Westchester and Rockland landings on a rotating basis, seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At the Westchester Landing, Double Barrel Roasters will be on site serving hot and cold coffee, specialty drinks, and scooped ices daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Blue Pig, which sells locally sourced ice cream, will operate from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Sunday, while Sleek E-Bikes will offer electric bike rentals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer.
At the Rockland Landing, Teagevity will offer organic tea and cold-brewed coffee from 9 a.m. to dusk, Thursdays to Sundays.
What’s this I hear about public art along the path?
One of the path’s unique amenities is the vast array of public art on display on or near both of its landings.
Visitors will encounter five unique sculptures, a 4,000-square-foot mural in Rockland and a custom-designed bike rack referencing the Palisades and New York City skyline. Three of the sculptures incorporate remnant steel salvaged from the decommissioned Tappan Zee Bridge. Three more bicycle racks alluding to the historic importance of the Hudson River as a commercial transportation artery will be installed later this month.
The Thruway Authority partnered with ArtsWestchester and the Arts Council of Rockland on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Public Art Program. The 10 commissions were awarded to eight New York State artists.
Details about each art commission is available on the bridge website.
Are audio tours of path available?
Yes, one for walkers and one for cyclists. Best of all, they’re free!
Available today, the mobile tours include stories that cover a wide range of topics from information about bridge construction to local history, from the Hudson Valley’s connection to art to the Hudson River and its magnificent surroundings.
Travelers will be able to safely access the stories hands-free on their mobile devices while walking or cycling the path.
We partnered with Historic Hudson River Towns, a non-profit consortium of riverfront municipalities, and TravelStorys to develop the audio tours. In addition to the path tours, Historic Hudson River Towns on June 24 will launch a new driving tour includes featuring its 16 member communities in Westchester and Rockland, as well as on both the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and the Bear Mountain Bridge. Other upcoming tours on the TravelStorys app include walking tours of our neighboring communities of Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Nyack, and artist Edward Hopper’s Nyack.
Download the TravelStorys app for free to listen to the self-guided path tours and enjoy!
- Daily hours of operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Length of new shared use path: 3.6 miles
- Width of path: 12 feet
- Number of overlooks: 6
- Bicycle speed limit: 15 mph
- Approximate walk time from end to end: 80 minutes
- Approximate bike time from end to end: 20 minutes
- Parking spots at Westchester Landing: 30 Monday to Friday/130 weekdays after 4 p.m. and all weekend
- Parking spots at Rockland Landing: 57