Exclusive: Huge impediment to bike and pedestrian flow possibly removed

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Clamshell block on esplanadeJuly 2, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

During the July 1st CB1 meeting, pedestrian congestion caused by the increase in tourists was brought up. The discussion then turned to speeding bikes that have to share the esplanade with walkers thanks to the never-ending Brookfield Place renovations.

The worst juggernaut in the BPC detour is at the top of the hill when the path leads toward the police memorial, at the corner of Liberty and South End. There is a security clamshell still in place as a relic from September 11th, 2001.

BatteryPark.TV has previously discussed the necessity of this clamshell with Brookfield security and federal agents. All agreed that it is no longer necessary. People tend to not even notice it, since it has been around for so long.

BP.TV suggested removing the clamshell during the CB1 meeting. A spokesperson for the BPCA was in attendance and seemed to agree that the clamshell was no longer necessary. The BPCA will speak to Brookfield about removing it.

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3 Responses to Exclusive: Huge impediment to bike and pedestrian flow possibly removed

  1. Stephanie rudnick says:

    Awesome. Will bicyclists have to use west street once it’s back open or will they be able to use the esplinade? I’ve seen some pretty scary collisions on the esplinade!!

  2. Editor says:

    Yes. The bike path from the Ritz-Carlton all the way to Chambers and the Hudson River Park should be contiguous once the construction is completed

  3. BPCResident says:

    This security clamshell is the primary battle zone of delivery bikes vs. pedestrians in BPC. Can’t tell you how many times i’ve had to dive for my life from an incoming delivery bicycle missile from the usual suspects on South End Ave. I worry that the esplanade will be more of a death race if the clamshell is removed, but i agree it is long overdue for logical extinction.

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