Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vision Zero and East 37th Street Greenway Connector

New York City Mayor Deblasio and Department of Transportation commissioner Trottenberg are very proud of visionzero. Let us thank them but also let us actually look at one of the #visionzero projects.  (or maybe we should call it #wakeupvisionzero)

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU72xBfse_8 and compare to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2014-05-e37-greenway-connector-mn-cb6.pdf

For example here is one of the DOT photos:



I can assure you as a bike commuter on the poor excuse for an east side bike path for the past 5 years that this is not a real photo.  This part of the bike path is actually a treacherous grate filled and shadow filled mess.  And a #wakeupvisionzero accident waiting to happen!

See the video and judge for yourself.

We thank the DOT but you have left the pathway in a very bad state.  You painted some lines on the ground, then there was a crew that tried to remove the curb that is right in the middle of the bike path but they gave up and now the path is as bad as ever.  The painted bike path leads right to a giant curb and right where the FDR service road can kill the cyclists.  This entire area need to be re-designed!!!

And the EAST SIDE BIKE PATH should continue ALL THE WAY UP THE EAST SIDE OF MANHATTAN!

WHY IS THERE A:
  • BUS PARKING LOT
  • HELIPORT / PARKING
  • RESTAURANT / PARKING
  • MITCHELL LAMA HOUSING / PARKING
  • BOAT DOCK / PARKING
  • GAS STATION
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BIKE PATH

And worst of all the entire path just DEAD ENDS AT EAST 37TH STREET.

WOULD IT NOT MAKE SENSE for #wakeupvisionzero to have a complete EAST SIDE BIKE PATH

Hey, that might reduce cyclist deaths (which actually went up during #wakeupvisionzero)!!!