Open the Hudson Greenway
I second your demand to open the Hudson Greenway! I now have to fight traffic
from 58th Street south, even though the Greenway was the reason I began biking
in the first place. I felt a little guilty for complaining about the
inconvenience in the wake of the WTC attacks but it makes no sense to have the
bike path closed when cars are whizzing by there everyday. The police act like
they own that little strip of concrete when, in fact, we, the public, do. Is
there someone I can write to express my desire to see the Greenway opened?
[Editor's note: It's open!
In December, eight hundred plus T.A. members e-mailed the Office of Emergency
Operations following our coverage of the issue in the T.A. e-bulletin. See
article page 6.]
Rising out of the Ashes of
If one good thing could come out of the 9/11 event, it would certainly be
car-pooling. This old New Yorker would like to buy a round of drinks and metro
cards for the Transportation Alternatives Staff.
Closed Sidewalk at Foley
I can understand that present conditions require the extra security of closing
the sidewalk in front of the Federal Court House. However, use of the entire
bike lane for pedestrians forces cyclists into traffic for the block in
question. It seems that the bike lane is sufficiently wide to be shared by
pedestrians and cyclists by setting up the cones at the inner edge of the
buffer zone, leaving the buffer zone itself for cyclists and the actual bike
lane for pedestrians. Better yet, two sets of cones can be used to create a
pedestrian and cycling lane separated from traffic. Even a concrete barricade
could be put in place between the outer edge of the buffer zone and traffic to
improve the situation.
Cheers for Central Park
The Central Park West bike lane is wonderful. Yes, curbside would have been
better. But we're more likely to get that when more people are riding along
CPW. More will now because there's now some kind of bike lane.
The new CPW bike lane is great for my morning commute. In the evenings I was
afraid to go through the Park but also afraid to ride squeezed between the
killer cars. So I confess, I used to ride on the sidewalk. Now I'm off the
sidewalk, and riding in Commissioner Salkin's new bike lane. The CPW bike lane
helps cyclists and it helps pedestrians.
Doubly good work!
Staten Island Right on Red
I am a little concerned regarding the possibility of "Right on Red"
in the borough of Staten Island. I am an avid cyclist as well as someone who
drives often. I have seen way too many near misses involving normal stop
signs, where drivers do not stop at the sign, as well as drivers turning,
looking for vehicle traffic and not pedestrian traffic. By passing this
legislature I feel that you will be making a grave mistake and inviting more
Thank you for your time,
[Editor's note: Governor
Pataki vetoed the Staten Island Right on Red on November 21, a victory for
NYC's cyclists and pedestrians.]
Greetings from Florida
I'm so very proud of what you are doing with and for bicyclists in New York.
I'm a 79 year-old retired NYCPD detective. I rode and raced on bikes starting
at age 14. In the old days, we (our club, the Kings Wheelers of Brooklyn) did
our monthly centuries year round, in snow, rain or whatever. We respected
automobiles and they gave us our due space. The reports you e-mail today are
awesome. Though I ride daily on the trails in Florida, I miss the action of
New York City. Reading what you're doing for bicyclists makes me proud to
think people still care for one another.
Keep up the wonderful work!!