This Week: Defending Riverside Park, Extending Eighth Avenue

Two community boards turn their attention this week to important pieces of Manhattan bike infrastructure: the Riverside Park connection to the Hudson River Greenway and the Eighth Avenue protected bike path. By reiterating the right of cyclists to ride through Riverside Park and showing support for the Eighth Avenue path and its proposed extension, CB 4 and CB 7 can help protect and improve the borough’s existing bike network. Also on Wednesday, a daylong conference on what makes New York’s land-use process unique and how to improve it.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

  • Correction on location for CB4 meeting! It will not be held at St. Luke’s Roosevelt. Instead, it will be held at:

    Fulton Center Auditorium, 119 Ninth Avenue (between 17th and 18th Streets).

    SB, please update calendar entry.

  • Fixed. Thanks for the heads up.

  • flp

    this afternoon, ca. 2 o’clock, i observed PEP stopping folks a the bottom of the ramp that leads to the cafe at the northern end of riverside south. is that another location now subject to the “dismount” policy?

    how much longer ’til the entire park is one dismount zone? why can’t PEP work to keep pedestrians, especially joggers, off the bike path when a viable walking path is available.

  • flp
    The Riverside South Ramp seemed to be a point of dispute weeks before it spread north to 72nd Street even though it would seem the ramp was constructed for those with wheels, while the stairs is for those without.

    Last Channel Four has a short segment on the 11 o’clock news. I was quite surprised to see how incensed some of the older dog walkers become over having to share the path with bikes. There’s probably some resentment among the stroller crowd who often walk two or three abreast but they don’t tend to be quite as vocal.

    It might be interesting for someone with a cyclocomputer or GPS to measure exactly how far cyclists would have to walk to the Greenway from the Eleanor Roosevelt Statue at Riverside and 72nd St. My guess is the distance could easily be a quarter mile. Maybe more. There’s certainly no shortage of paths in Riverside Park although many of them includes stairs. Why can’t those unwilling to share the path with cyclists just use those instead?

  • Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer to cycle on the roads that connect Riverside Park with the 79th St traffic circle than the path to the Eleanor Roosevelt Statue. They’re not as steep and there aren’t any pedestrians on them.

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