Eyes on the Street: Washington Heights Gets Safe Greenway Connection

Shared lane arrows point the way between the Hudson River Greenway and 181st Street. Previously, this was a one-way street. Photo: c34 ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/8698135@N07/6358946605/in/photostream/##via Flickr##.

Two months after winning support from Manhattan Community Board 12, a safer connection to the Hudson River Greenway is now in place at 181st Street.

Before, Riverside Drive north of 181st Street served as a one-way highway on-ramp, forcing cyclists exiting the greenway to either ride against traffic or dismount. Cars, too, drove the wrong way to get back on local streets without entering the Henry Hudson Parkway, creating unsafe conditions.

Now, DOT has turned a short stretch of Riverside back into a two-way street with shared lane markings painted in both directions. At the cost of a few parking spaces, this critical Upper Manhattan greenway entrance has been made safer and more easily accessible.

The changes check off one item on Community Board 12’s list of requested bike infrastructure improvements, which it passed unanimously this July. Perhaps some high-quality bike lanes for Upper Manhattan will be next.

  • Minor correction; the CB12M resolution was passed in June; no CB meeting was held in July.

  • JamesR

    Very glad to see this… it’ll go a long way in reducing the sketchiness factor in accessing the Greenway at this location. Does anyone know if they’ve finally provided a ramp for the curb at the spot where the Greenway and 181st meet? The existing curb is pretty large and was/is a pinch flat waiting to happen if you try to bunny hop it. 

  • What is the speed limit here and at what speeds do motor vehicles typically travel here?

  • lic lovr

    my question: why does it seam in the photo that a truck is going the wrong way down the street?  At first I thought it was parked – but the headlights seam to be on.  Is it really driving on the wrong side of the road?

  • This little stretch is on my daily commute. The sharrows are cute (if useless), but the removal of the ramp onto the bridge forces cyclists to pause and stand in this onramp (which is what it is) while wrestling their bikes up the curb.

    Pleasant enough to have the two lanes, I guess, but Dyckman Street is the real problem.

  • Anonymous

    Do my eyes deceive me… or is that a truck parked in an active lane going the opposite direction??

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