Sunday, November 2, 2014

NYC Marathon Runners On Queensboro Bridge And First Avenue Seen From Roosevelt Island Tram

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

A photo posted by @elizabethcrowley28 on

A photo posted by Tiffany Clay (@tiff112584) on

Any Roosevelt Islanders run in Marathon today?

UPDATE 10 PM - Judith McGee shares this picture of the Marathon runners on First Avenue

taken from the Roosevelt Island Tram about 2 PM this afternoon.


CheshireKitty said...

I hope Ms. Indelicato puts the implementation of a rational bike and pedestrian safety plan for RI on the front burner - prioritized at the top of the queue of concerns. I understand why she does not wish to advocate for a bike share station on RI now before a master plan on to safetly accommodate cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists is implemented. I certainly hope DOT is also invited to offer their suggestions to RIOC on a master plan - so the infrastructure/signage on RI with respect to cycling can be harmonized with what is being done in the rest of the City. Certainly, much needs to be done with regard cyclists safely accessing RI via the RI bridge and Motorgate. The helix ramp leaves much to be desired. The other day I was shocked to see a couple of pedestrians walking down the ramp - an extremely dangerous situation. Yet, the elevators in Motorgate can barely accommodate bikes - if a cyclist does not wish to use the ramp. I know RIOC is working with BikeNY on bike safety for RI - could RIOC also reach out to the DOT for their recommendations on the subject.

YetAnotherRIer said...

Oh, what bullshite. " However, the Island's infrastructure is not currently ready to handle a large increase in cyclist traffic." What do they expect? Hundreds upon hundreds of daily bicyclists? Right. The island is good enough the way it is.

YetAnotherRIer said...

I have been using the helix ramp all the time. There is nothing wring with it. It works just fine for bikes.

CheshireKitty said...

Maybe. But the grade is a trifle steep for bikes going up the ramp, and there's a limited sight distance each way - so it's not that safe for either cars or bikes.

The W. Queens Transportation Survey (WQTS) recommended the construction of a new ramp set aside for bikes only from the bridge deck to the Greenway, as well as the replacement of the escalator with a multi-use escalator (i.e. like the ones at Whole Foods which have a separate escalator for shopping carts - there would be a separate escalator for bikes along side an escalator for pedestrians).

Also, the bike infrastructure on the bridge - could be improved; the WQTS recommended the consolidation of the existing two rather narrow bike paths into one two-way bike path. Probably, Ms. Indelicato wants to see some improvements along these lines - or at least have a chance to consider them at RIOC and decide if they want to implement any of them - before bringing Bikeshare to RI.