Slower Speeds on Cypress
Ed: Zev, thanks for your letter- this is a perfect example of how citizens can make a difference in government. Transportation Alternatives has sent a letter to Councilmember Nelson supporting your calls for slower speeds and increased pedestrian friendliness along this stretch of the road. If readers have dangerous or pedestrian unfriendly stretches of road in your neighborhood, write your council member and copy T.A.
Central Park Cyclists Go
I live near the north entrance of Central Park. I'm there every day riding my bike either for transportation or for sport. I feel quite lucky to have such a lovely park that I can both relax in and use as a safe, serene alternative to traversing the city on dangerous, overcrowded streets. Occasionally I have business that takes me to the east side so I ride my bike clockwise around the park's drive. When I choose to ride clockwise, I exercise extra care in being visible to other riders by staying on the outer rim of turns. The other day a sport cyclist berated me for going in the opposite direction.
Putting aside any of my utopian dreams that all of the city's cyclists could support each other since we have made the more heroic choice not to use cars, I would have to say that some cyclists have a bad attitude. Unless I am wrong, and I would invite anyone to correct me on this, there is no rule forbidding clockwise travel except for vehicles. This is a park and as such, it is for people to enjoy themselves, not a place where we must be hounded to follow fascistic rules of one-way riding. Not all bicyclists ride to race. Some of us are messengers, others are just trying to get where we are going safely and with as much joy as possible.
Ed: Your joy of cycling and living is an inspiration. Perhaps the loop drive could also be designed two-way for cyclists. Until then, the rules of the road call for cyclists and skaters to always travel counter-clockwise around the loop drive. (See A Guide to Sharing Central Park, NYC Parks Dept.) This rule works to prevent head-on collisions. Please try to use Central Park West and 5th Avenue rather than go against the flow.