Many thanks to Beng, who lives in Manhattan and commutes to work in Brooklyn on foot and on bike, for a recent comment that broadens our discussion about walkway/bikeway congestion and safety, to include the Hudson River Greenway.
How, Beng asks in effect, do we keep Greenways safe for all users as these facilities become more and more crowded? Not only with walkers, cyclists, joggers, skaters and runners, but also with distracted, sometimes clueless tourists, as well as those who use the walkway simply to get somewhere else on the riverfront––to a scheduled event on an adjacent pier, for example?
Beng's in-effect questions beget more questions. Here are a few of mine:
Can an increasing number of uses, and users, be accommodated in such a limited space? Are small fixes like clearer, bigger signage sufficient to create order and prevent accidents? Or is physical separation of walkers, joggers and runners from wheeled transport the only way, as another reader firmly believes?