Detente in Central Park Bike Wars? Two Transverse Paths to Become Shared Cyclist-Pedestrian Routes

07/11/2011 12:20 PM |

1895, or July 2011?
  • 1895, or July 2011?

Central Park is wonderful for cyclists, unless they’re trying to get across it—or (not) speeding, or running red lights when nobody but cops are around. But a plan put in place by the Central Park Conservancy and the city’s Department of Parks independently of the knee-jerkily reviled Department of Transportation will see two cross-park pedestrian paths become shared paths for bikers and walkers, possibly as soon as this month.

The Times reports that the decision, despite support and protest from the usual suspects—Transportation Alternatives says yes, Upper East Siders say no—to convert the 102nd Street transverse and the 97th Street transverse to shared bicycle and pedestrian use appears imminent, “as long as [cyclists] ride slowly… Really slowly. Like five miles an hour.”

Currently cyclists trying to get from one side of the park to the other either have to take the circuitous loop drive, or fend for themselves on the crowded, highway-like transverse streets. The new shared path experiment will likely debut later this month and run through fall.

(Photo: NYPL)