2020/04 – 1933-2020

Central Park DriveImage NY Times.

The following proposal seeks to implement NYC Council Intro 1933-2020, which calls for creation of 75 miles of bike/walk-able space, with a series of “linear parks.”

The linear park proposal would result in hundreds of miles of recreational routes.  It could be implemented quickly and cheaply by posting of gps instructions and maps.

As routes gain acceptance, they can be enhanced with signage and physical improvements.

The examples cited:

• Range from eight to 50 miles, spanning Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Some begin-and-end in Manhattan.

• Aggregate on-road bike lanes, separated bike paths, low-intensity residential streets and parts of the city zoned for industrial use that get little traffic on weekends.

• Draw from routes curated by bike clubs; “event” rides like Tour de Bronx; Old Croton Aqueduct Historic State Park1997 NYC Bicycle Master Plan and U.S. Bicycle Route System.

• Largely avoid crowded shared use paths like Hudson Greenway, Prospect Park and Central Park.  [Note: In April, the CP Conservancy called for group training rides to conclude by 7AM.]

• Highlight local food and tourist stops.

• Skirt past city parks to ensure rest stops at regular intervals.

• Do not require street closure, elimination of on-street parking nor involvement of the NYPD.

Benefits

• Creates extended opportunities for exercise and recreation.

• Draws cyclists off popular paths, reducing density and user conflict (crashes).

• Capitalizes on the global trend towards “staycations.”

• Bridges “transport deserts” and supplements existing bus-subway capacity.

• Enhances resilience to widespread transport outage.

• Reduces vehicle miles traveled—the least expensive means to reduce greenhouse emissions from transportation.

• Should significantly expand the constituency for cycling—given that more people bike for recreation than transportation.

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 9.47.25 AM.pngImage People for Bikes.

Examples

On the following maps, red is outbound, blue is inbound.  Links comprise a downloadable GPS file (requires setting up a free account) and a printout for a paper “cue sheet.”

#4 - Staten Island Loop

Staten Island #1 – Conference House, 42.5 miles – GPScue sheet

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Staten Island #1A – Olympic, 7.5 miles – GPScue sheet

SI#2 Annadale (DIRT)Staten Island #2 – Annadale (Dirt), 45.4 miles – GPScue sheet

Screen Shot 2020-05-27 at 10.46.25 AMStaten Island #3 – Lemon Creek, 38.0 miles – GPScue sheet

Richmond TownStaten Island #4 – Richmondtown, 38.3 miles – GPScue sheet

“CRB&PSM” Staten Island Advance.

Staten Island #5 – Black Tom, 52.0 miles GPS, cue sheet

Staten Island #6 – Elizabeth, NJ to Whitehall, 11.3 miles + ferry GPS, cue sheet

Staten Island #7 – Bayonne, NJ to Whitehall, 8.0 miles + ferry GPS, cue sheet

Staten Island #8 – Newark> Elizabeth> Perth Amboy> Tottenville (Terrain) GPS

Staten Island #8A – Newark> Elizabeth> Perth Amboy> Tottenville (OSM Cycle)

#1 - Jamaica Bay Loop

 Queens #1 – Jamaica Bay, 28.5 miles – GPScue sheet

Q#2 Laurelton

Queens #2 – Laurelton, 27.8 miles GPScue sheet

#2 - Pelham Bay Loop

Bronx #1 – Pelham Bay, 27.5 miles – GPScue sheet

Alpe D'BronxBronx #2 – Alpe D’Bronx, 23.7 milesGPS, cue sheet

Press

How Paris became a cycling success—and built a roadmap for others, Curbed, 1/31/20

Deaths Expose Chaos of Central Park Loop, NY Times, 9/28/14

Bio

Neile Weissman heads up Complete George—250 organizations and communities calling for wider bikeways across the George Washington Bridge. Neile is also Public Relations Director and a Past-President for New York Cycle Club for whom he organizes 50+ rides and events per year.

NW on BikeImage Alex Lektchinov.