Concrete obstacles put in on the Hudson River bike path within the aftermath of Tuesday’s lethal terror assault have been slicing off the circulate of cyclists and runners, customers complained.
In response, the state Division of Transportation advised a contractor to straighten out 20-foot jersey obstacles plunked diagonally onto the trail.
State transportation officers acknowledged that a number of the momentary obstacles have been positioned diagonally on the trail to the purpose the place cyclists and joggers needed to squeeze by them in a single file. Different intersections had jersey limitations that ran parallel to the trail, making it simpler to cross.
Paul Steely White, director of Transportation Options, a biking nonprofit, referred to as them “harmful.”
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The state DOT put the obstacles in 31 intersections, with the town DOT and NYPD putting cement cubes on the pedestrian a part of the trail at 26 places.
A bike owner, Jeff Novich, posted to Twitter a video of his try and bike between the obstacles on the trail. “Wow what a completely god terrible response to this tragedy,” he wrote together with his video.
Sofia Cardenas, 34, a vacationer from Mexico Metropolis cruising on a Citi Bike Thursday afternoon, stated that slimmer bollards are wanted, not giant slabs of concrete.
“It’s ridiculous,” she stated. “I perceive they’re making an attempt to guard (however) it creates accidents,” she stated.
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Mayor de Blasio on Friday stated the stopgap bike lane protections want “positive-tuning.”
“I feel what was initially put in within the final day or so wants some revision to ensure individuals can nonetheless journey their bikes,” de Blasio stated. “Clearly, we would like security and safety however we additionally need individuals to go about their lives and luxuriate in their lives. That’s one other a part of displaying our enemies they can’t win.”
De Blasio stated he advised NYPD and metropolis DOT officers to assessment the entire metropolis to see the place modifications are wanted, akin to Occasions Sq..