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Life Arts    H3'ed 6/27/09

Close the Greenway Gap in East Side Manhattan

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Petition for a continuous East River Greenway/Esplanade from 38-61 streets in Manhattan:

Nine Bicyclists have been killed in East Midtown from 1995-2007 and hundreds injured. Every day, hundreds of bikers have to use heavily congested First and Second Avenues in competition with trucks, buses, taxis, cars, road construction, 3 major exits/entrances to the FDR, hills, and even other bikers, when just a couple of blocks to the east sits the unfinished Greenway that serves as a highway for bikers around the rest of Manhattan Island.

A Greenway and Esplanade would be good for the environment by encouraging people to get out of their cars, good for people's health, good for all New Yorkers by linking neighborhoods together, and even good for the remaining traffic in East Midtown, Manhattan.

There is no East Midtown Greenway/Esplanade in Manhattan or even a marked Avenue-based bike lane in East Midtown - nothing to keep a bicycle rider or jogger safe from the cars, trucks, buses and pedestrians in this most clogged part of the East Side.

Just 23 blocks, some of them easily reclaimed from the FDR shoulder or from parking lots and old detours, that's all it would take to complete the Manhattan Greenway/Esplanade along the scenic East River from Battery Park to 125 Street.

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