Hudson River Greenway Bike Path Sabotaged
Streetsblog received this tip last night:
I was riding North on the Greenway tonight at about 9:15, and after clearing 60th street and entering the stretch under the elevated Miller Highway a southbound cyclists yelled at me, "Watch out! There's a pile of rocks across the bike path ahead."
I slowed down and carefully rode to 67th Street where what I saw was quite a shock.
A pile of ornamental rock had been taken from the the Riverside Park South border of the greenway and piled across the bike path. The pile was about 1 foot high in some places, and went across the entire bike path, and had already been scattered by what looked like an earlier collision. It was clearly intended to cause a serious accident. The bike path is largely unlit in this stretch, and even with a bike light, the pile was hard to see.
Together with 4 other cyclists who stopped to help we cleared the obstruction.
I also called 311 on the scene who connected me to 911 who promised to dispatch a patrol car that never came after about 15 minutes. I have a card from one of the volunteers and one of the others also promised to email me with his contact info.
In addition to you, I was going to follow up w the Riverside Parks Commissioner, the Riverside Parks Fund, and see if I can get my case number from 311. Who else should i/we contact?
On a positive note I can report that even on this 32-degree evening the bike path was well traveled, and we had plenty of volunteers who quickly cleared the obstruction. I took this as a recreational ride to decompress from a meeting that ended at about 8p from Lincoln Center, riding down the Greenway (which was free of obstruction at the time) and then headed back up from the Battery. I would estimate that I encountered about 50 cyclists, a healthy increase over what it usually is on a relatively cold winter night. And the other bit of good news is that there was not a single one without lights -- which is real progress.
The bad news is that there is a seriously dangerous vandal out there out to cause harm to cyclists. And how this happened unobserved given all the use of the path that I saw is also very disconcerting.