Still, with innovative designs, three miles of new car-free paths and eight new bike lanes, the 32-mile route around Manhattan improves public access to the waterfront and increases opportunities to explore the city by bicycle. New path markings and signage in many locations also help everyday cyclists navigate crowded and confusing conditions.
The City is using innovative designs that are new to New York City to increase bicyclist safety and convenience and connect short gaps in the route throughout the interim greenway route. City Hall's oversight of the creation of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway gave City and State bicycle planners the support they needed to implement these designs. The new greenway route is a boon to everyday cyclists, but it still needs improvements to make average New Yorkers, who generally bike a few times a year, feel comfortable and in the right place.
Reporters See Greenway Reality
The City's completion of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in August and the Mayor's ribbon cutting ceremony in September piqued the interest of the New York City press. A number of reporters from city newspapers and magazines hopped on their bicycles to check out the interim greenway route. They later reported that they delighted in the off-street sections of the greenway route but lamented riding in traffic, missing turns and weaving through crowds of pedestrians. The City should take a hint from the ink-stained wretches and install more signs and bike lanes to integrate the greenway with the rest of the city's bicycle network of bike lanes and bridge paths. In particular, it needs to install more signs on Dyckman Street, First and Second Avenues and at the East River bridges, which are all less than five minutes away from the new greenway by bike.