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Hudson Greenway “Cherry Walk” Still Dark and Dangerous

1:09 PM EST on November 26, 2008

cherry1.jpgStreetsblogger Jacob-uptown: "You can see many of the street lamps on Henry Hudson Parkway are burned out. This makes the greenway completely unlit, except for oncoming car headlights."

Last December, Washington Heights resident Lars Klove alerted us to night-time conditions on a segment of the Hudson River Greenway known as Cherry Walk, which lies roughly between W. 102 and W. 125 Streets. Wrote Lars:

It is unlit and, if riding northbound, into the blinding headlights ofsouthbound traffic, it is impossible to see the bicycle path even witha bike headlamp. The Greenway itself has one semi-reflective linemarking the pedestrian lane from the bicycle lane. There is not a linemarking the outside edges of the lane or a couple of grassy islandsalong the way. Its easy to find yourself suddenly off the roadway andin the grass or trees.

As illustrated by these photos from Streetsblog photo contributor Jacob-uptown, captioned with his comments, Greenway users are still in the dark nearly a year later. A press officer with Parks said the department is "aware of this issue," and told us that DOT should be in the process of addressing it. We have a message in with DOT and are awaiting word.

cherry2.jpg"This is the same view as [the photo above], except with the flash turned on. If you look closely, you can see that the path splits right ahead of you, and if you go straight, you will run into a tree."

More photos after the jump.

cherry3.jpg"If you look very very closely, you can see the faint green line painted on the ground that shows the path turning left. That is what my eyes are fixed on when I ride through this section of the path."
cherry4.jpg"This is the same view as [above], except with the flash turned on. Now you can clearly see that the path turns left."

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