Bronx bus riders, advocates push for safer access to local parks, waterfronts

Bronx bus riders and community advocates are pushing for safer access to their local greenways, parks and waterfronts.

News 12 Staff

Oct 23, 2020, 10:18 PM

Updated 1,304 days ago

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Bronx bus riders and community advocates are pushing for safer access to their local greenways, parks and waterfronts.
They say Bronx residents can’t fully enjoy their neighborhoods' green spaces because they are difficult to get to on bike and on foot.
Advocates say it is unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the busy intersection at Sedgewick Avenue and Depot Place off the Major Deegan Expressway.
They’re pushing for improvements so that Bronx residents in Highbridge can get easier and safer access to their neighborhood greenway trails and parks.
They say the Depot Place Bridge is the only southern access point to the Harlem River Greenway, Bridge Park South and Roberto Clemente State Park.
Recently, the state’s Department of Transportation announced a $119 million project to renovate a one-mile stretch of the Major Deegan Expressway between West 161st Street and the Alexander Hamilton Bridge.
Advocates say part of the plan is to remove an existing sidewalk at Depot Place. They say that would leave pedestrians and cyclists to share a narrow walkway.
Instead, advocates say what’s needed is a designated bike lane that would provide a safer and more direct route to their neighborhood parks and waterfronts.


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