The Hudson River Greenway bike path between 59th and 72nd street now has lights at night, an amenity that bicyclists have been asking for for years. But police are also apparently ticketing people who bike on the Greenway after the park closes at 1 a.m., according to a reader who sent a tip to transportation blog Streetsblog.
A Streetsblog reader who gave her name as Ellen says she was commuting home at around 1:30 a.m. early this morning when she saw a police cruiser blocking the path near 72nd Street. She had heard that officers were ticketing cyclists for using the greenway after 1:00 a.m., so the encounter wasn’t entirely unexpected.
“He didn’t ticket me, but gave me a warning,” Ellen writes. However, she says the officer’s partner gave tickets to other riders that passed by during that time. The officer told Ellen that riders are putting themselves at risk of attack by riding in the park after 1:00 a.m. ”I told him we are commuting home on the safest route possible,” Ellen said. “I said I would rather take my chances in the park than on the street with the drunk drivers.”
Community Board 7 members expressed concern that the Greenway was essentially closed late at night, when some people may be commuting home from late jobs. The park, including the Greenway, is officially closed at 1 a.m.
Photo by Ed Yourdon.