A sinkhole on the Hudson River Greenway, looking south above 183rd Street. Photo: Inwood Owners Association The Parks Department has delayed its repair of the crumbling upper section of the Hudson River Greenway while the agency responds to concerns from cyclists by considering creating a safe detour rather than forcing riders onto dangerous Broadway.
“The project is on hold while we explore options,” Parks Department spokeswoman Megan Moriarty told Streetsblog, which had revealed the unsafe route change earlier this month .
Parks was set to start a four-month closure of the greenway last Monday, in order to begin the repair of the collapsing retaining wall and pothole-scarred path on a mile-long stretch of the greenway between West 181st and Dyckman streets. The department had planned to direct greenway users to ride on Broadway — a dangerous, congested road that is upper Manhattan’s main truck and freight route.
The recommendation, however, raised a hue and cry among those who rely on the greenway — the nation’s busiest cycling path, the only safe north-south corridor for bike commuters traveling to or from Manhattan and the west Bronx, and the southernmost leg of the 750-mile Empire State Trail — especially because they had appealed for safer routes before the closure. Last year, Community Board 12 asked the city to consider converting an underused lane on the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway as a temporary protected bike lane during the repair. (The existing bike path runs alongside the westernmost lane of the northbound lanes of the highway.)