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Busiest Bike Path in North America to Be Severed for Weeks – Streetsblog New York City

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Busiest Bike Path in North America to Be Severed for Weeks – Streetsblog New York Metropolis

The Parks Division will abruptly shut down a portion of the Hudson River Greenway — the continent’s busiest bike path — beginning on Monday, Sept. 28 with no provisions for security for riders who should make an elaborate and intensive detour onto neighborhood streets.

First the information: Late on Friday, the Parks Division introduced that it might shut the Cherry Stroll path in Riverside Park between W. one hundredth and W. one hundred and twenty fifth streets, citing the necessity for “deliberate shoreline and path reconstruction work” to repair injury attributable to Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Highway-like conditions on Riverside Drive is no substitute for the park's bike path. Photo: Google
Freeway-like circumstances on Riverside Drive isn’t any substitute for the park’s bike path. Picture: Google

The company’s assertion concerning the work — which is being accomplished “out of an abundance of warning” — added that Parks wouldn’t be doing something to make sure the security of cyclists past posting “indicators” alerting riders that they’ve to seek out one other route between the entrances to the pathway at W. one hundredth Road or W. 153rd Road:

To accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, Parks will publish indicators at associated path entrances, south and north of the greenway, notifying them of the detour path. Guests will probably be directed to exit the greenway at one hundredth St. to entry various paths and native streets [Emphasis added]. Cyclists might re-enter the greenway at West 153rd Road and Riverside Drive through the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge.

No finish date for the repairs was introduced, however the company later instructed Streetsblog that the work would take three weeks.

(The Division of Transportation, which may be anticipated to offer protected passage for cyclists exterior the comfortable confines of Riverside Park, didn’t get again to us with solutions to our questions.)

The detour just isn’t almost as protected because the park for cyclists, particularly cyclists who’re accustomed to biking solely in … a park, as some identified on social media:

The Parks Division claimed in an e mail that the detour was made along with representatives of the biking group, together with representatives from Bike New York, Streetopia UWS, and StreetsPAC.

However it’s unclear if the “conjunction” meant precise listening.

Streetopia UWS Director Lisa Orman instructed Streetsblog that there ought to have been higher coordination amongst metropolis companies in order that such work might be “accompanied by a quick-build protected bike lane on Riverside or Broadway.”

“With sufficient superior warning, DOT and Parks can coordinate this and provides bicyclists the protected choices that they deserve,” she stated.

And StreetsPAC’s Eric McClure didn’t precisely give town excessive marks for its poor planning, both.

“The detour route does underscore town’s failings in constructing out a real on-street protected bike community,” he stated. “There’s no purpose that Riverside Drive wants 4 motor-vehicle lanes and two parking lanes to the detriment of a protected bike path.”

The work is a part of a $1.5-million, federally funded reconstruction venture in Riverside and Fort Washington parks to revive the shoreline and repave the bike path. When it was mentioned earlier this 12 months, Streetsblog discovered that the Parks Division had stored the DOT out of the loop.

It’s not the primary time that the Parks Division has engineered a serious shutdown of the Hudson River Greenway — which is the busiest bike path in North America.

Last year, the company constructed a substandard bike path between 72nd and 83rd streets as a bypass to maintain cyclists and pedestrians from mingling alongside a busy stretch of the waterfront bike path. On the time, a supply in metropolis authorities stated the bike path was not constructed to correct requirements, nor with DOT approval.

“They completely went rogue,” town authorities supply stated. “Finest bike lane within the metropolis … and so they simply don’t give a fuck. They’re discouraging biking.”

The work on the Cherry Stroll continues that sample.

“This specific case is, sadly, a part of a sample the place Parks’ actions and attitudes in direction of bicyclists seem ambivalent, at finest, and, extra steadily, downright hostile. From the inconsiderate and shoddy situation of the Riverside Park detour to the shortage of look after the security of bicyclists on the Rotunda to the hostile manner that Parks discourages bicycling throughout authorized paths in Central Park, all of this leaves bicyclists feeling like they’re an unwelcome nuisance in our parks,” Orman stated earlier within the 12 months.


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