March/April 1998, p.6

State Park Bans Bicycles

Riverbank State Park, the most popular recreation spot north of 110th Street, has banned bicycles from park premises. Park management recently instituted a "No Bicycles" policy at the 28-acre facility, refusing entry to anyone with a bicycle, even if the cyclist walks the bike.

While park administrators contend unruly cyclists caused problems last summer, the new policy flies in the face of reason. Over a dozen ribbon-style bike racks inside the park can fit over 120 bicycles, but park managers insist cyclists lock their bikes to feeble metal barricades at the park entrance, half a mile from view of any park users. Ironically, private automobiles, buses and taxis may freely use the park roadway to enter.

Write park administrators to demand bike access to Riverbank:

Jim Moogan, Regional Director
fax 914-889-8217
Oscar Smith, Deputy Director
fax 212-694-3650
Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Dr.
New York, N.Y. 10031