The Wards Island Bridge is the only permanent bridge serving only bicycles and pedestrians in New York City. It is accessible from the East River Greenway near 103rd street. The vertical lift bridge was designed by Othmar Ammann known for his work on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, The George Washington Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. He also participated in the planning and construction of the Lincoln Tunnel. He authored a report on the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
After crossing the bridge the ride proceeds along the water on Randall/Wards Island (now connected via landfill). The ride concludes on the Hell Gate Pathway, a bike trail built under a rail line. The massive stone pillars supporting the rail line make for some unique visuals on the pathway.
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