State DOT NYC Office To Make Big Safety Improvements on Hudson Greenway
Roger weld, head of the non-motorized program at the Region 11 (NYC) office of the NY State DOT has begun redesigning eight dangerous intersections along the Hudson River Greenway to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. Backed by the SDOT NYC boss Doug Currey, Weld and his group are reshaping the path to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians clearly have the right of way crossing the greenway.
Earlier this year, T.A. voiced concerns to the SDOT about the danger posed by motor vehicles crossing the greenway path. The SDOT took careful note of our concerns and conducted its own site visits. Based on this research, it closed four motor vehicle crossings on the path between 46th and 57th Streets. Now Weld and team are working on improving seven other dangerous intersections. The SDOT's action carries the important implication that the agency is actively putting pedestrian and cycling safety before the flow of motor vehicle traffic.
Looking forward, T.A. advises the SDOT to redesign the section of the path adjacent to the NYC Sanitation lot on Pier 99 at 59th Street as part of its improvements. The drainage there is very poor, frequently creating dangerous conditions.
And, though T.A. applauds the SDOT's improvement plan, we are disturbed by the Non-Motorized Group's continued refusal to remove the horrendous and illegal stop signs obstructing the greenway. There is simply no excuse for letting these dangerous, counter-productive items remain.
Write to Region 11 Director Doug Currey and thank the SDOT for taking a direct and inclusive approach to making the path safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Remind him to fix the poor drainage at 59th Street and remove the illegal stop signs on the Hudson River Greenway.
ABOVE: The raised pathway at Houston St., which slows cars turning across the path. RIGHT: Eight intersections on the Hudson River Greenway will be redesigned to give cyclists and pedestrians priority.
The State DOT is taking advantage of an upcoming NJ power company construction project to reconstruct dangerous segments of the greenway near the Passenger Ship Terminal. The company is tearing up portions of Route 9A and the Hudson River Greenway to connect a generating station in Ridgefield, New Jersey with a ConEd substation on West 49th Street. The greenway will remain open throughout the construction. In exchange for disrupting the traveling public, the company will build SDOT's redesigns. After the company project is finished, the path near the Passenger Ship Terminal will be reconstructed to have smoother transitions to the segments to the north and south. The walkways and bikeways will be wider and have improved signage. The ugly chainlink fence surrounding the Passenger Ship Terminal will be replaced with a permanent iron fence.
The SDOT owns the highways in NYC, but traditionally has had nothing to do with bicyclists and pedestrians. However, since the creation of its four member, NYC Non-Motorized Group in 2000, the agency has taken the initiative to routinely incorporate bicyclists and pedestrians into its work. Thanks to Region 11 Director Doug Currey and his predecessor Richard Maitino for setting the SDOT on the right path. Following are Region 11's Non-Motorized projects: