Chelsea Piers: Hands Off the Hudson Path
Last issue we described an attempt by the Chelsea Piers company and the State Dept. of Transportation to interfere with the planned extension of the Hudson River Greenway pedestrian and bike/skate paths. West side officials, especially State Senators Catherine Abate and Franz Leichter and Council member Tom Duane, have helped turn the tide, but the issue is still unsettled. Responding to pressure from real estate developers, the state DOT still intends to narrow the paths and adjoining pedestrian path, which will produce dangerous and unpleasant crowding among skaters, cyclists, pedestrians and runners.
We need you to write or fax the State DOT today and tell them to keep the path to a minimum of 16 feet. Please call T.A. and ask for Jesse Kalb if you can help rally, leaflet or attend community meetings.
Parts of Brooklyn's Shore Parkway bike/skate/pedestrian path have been under construction all summer, but the entire Knapp Street to Flatbush Avenue segment should be finished by the fall. At press time, the section from Knapp Street to Plumb Beach was due to be finished by September 1st. Construction on the next section, from Plumb Beach to Flatbush Avenue, will keep the remaining path closed through January. Canarsie Pier has been revamped, now with a bathroom, running water, snack bar and bike racks.
The reconstruction of the Williamsburg Bridge has become a saga of epic proportions. Cyclists, pedestrians and skaters will have to wait another one to two years for a permanent, smooth, well-lit path. Until then, it's up to the community to tell the city how important good lighting and a well-maintained temporary path is to them. With the end of Daylight Savings Time approaching (Oct. 27), T.A. plans to press the city to check the bridge lights and sweep up glass regularly.
Ask DOT to make sure the temporary lights on the Williamsburg Bridge are maintained and in working order.
T.A. efforts have helped streamline the application process and ease sidewalk restrictions for city-installed bicycle racks (CityRacks). Now all that's missing is locations.
If you know a good spot for a bike rack, all you have to do is send it in to the CityRacks office at: NYC DOT, CityRacks, 40 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013. Or call them with questions at 212-442-7705.