The route is one of the most
beautiful rides in Brooklyn, and if you like hiking or walking to the beach via
Marine Park Bridge, you're in for a treat. Maybe fishing off the bridge is a bad
idea. I hope the proper authorities read this letter and look into it, because
it's a disaster waiting to happen.
people did not support me when I wrote to officials (and received only an
admonishing reply). Why was there no attention paid, even from organizations
like yours, to this outrageous cause of more air pollution?
Ed: We at TA agree that the MTA's actions have been unacceptable, and as a member of the. Tri-State Transportation Campaign, TA supports efforts by the Regional Plan Association and Scenic Hudson to fight such short- sightedness in transportation planning.
As of June 3, the stretch of sidewalk I referred to in my letter has been cleared! The weeds that were choking, often obscuring, the path have been cut down. The two ticks I peeled off my legs last week were the result of the brush. Now the weeds are gone and the usual copious amount of garbage is noticeably missing.
This sidewalk hadn't been
touched in the 21/2 years since I began complaining. Now a HUGE change. I guess
there is still hope.
Ed: Good news. But what ever happened to the dead dog?
These issues become more compelling if I as a bicyclist am supposed to obey all traffic rules. Waiting at red lights means I have to travel with traffic coming up behind me, making it very dangerous for me to try to get around double-parked cars or jaywalkers.
No matter how responsibly I ride in regards to other people's safety, I find I am being ticketed for violations no matter the circumstance. I was told that this was due to complaints against cyclists. I believe that it's time for us to raise our voices and complain about violations that are endangering us.
If traffic regulations are
enforced in a discriminatory manner against bicyclists, this only makes the
streets more dangerous for us. NYC is already lacking in amenities for cyclists.
I don't think it is out of hand to insist that the police enforce regulations
fairly to create a safer environment for everyone.
Dear Michele Harris at
However, the questions which I asked him have remained unanswered. I rephrase them for you here. What are some the criteria on which the DOT inspector bases his choice of siting when someone requests a bike stand? Why it is, for instance, that although I have requested racks (even one rack) on mid- town cross-town sidewalks (in the 30's, especially between 5th and 6th Avenues), where no bike parking facilities currently exist, no racks have appeared? Mean- while, why have so many racks appeared where there are already existing facilities, such as posts for DOT signs and posts for parking meters?
I have previously filled out
the DOT request form on which I suggested the midtown need for racks. I suppose
that there are good reasons why racks have been placed where they seem to me to
be redundant and to clutter sidewalks. I would appreciate knowing why those
choices were made. Without knowing the reasons for them, I tend to think that
the rack project is a gesture in goodwill, but a misguided one. I look forward
to your answer.