July/August 1998, p.6

A Glitch on the Williamsburg

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Though the NYC DOT last reported that the new Williamsburg Bridge walkway would open in July 1998, cyclists will have to ride on the old path through Labor Day. The DOT did not explain the cause of the delay. The existing path has long been in calamitous condition, making for a bike-rattling ride over sharp metal, loose steel plates, pitted cement, wooden planks with serious gaps and sudden bumps, and ubiquitous broken glass. The path's lighting (or lack thereof) has also been a constant source of complaint. Cyclists are bucking to use the new path. "It'll be great to have. Right now, riding on the old path, all I can do is salivate looking at it," commented one bridge rider.