Many New York residents use the Hudson River Greenway in Manhattan for healthy and safe exercise, but far fewer find it suitable for environmentally responsible bicycle commuting. A major obstacle is the path's missing link on the eastside, it abruptly ends between 38th and 61st streets where riders are forced into the life-threatening traffic of 1st and 2nd avenue. This gap is a significant disruption for bicyclists and a brake on the growth of green commuting.

Closing the gap will have an enormous impact; exponentially increasing the number of bike riders and pedestrians.

Our proposal completes the gap with relatively minor alterations and at a reasonable cost. The output to input ratio is significant.

The first stage of the path's extension along the East River can be one way and would not require any additional widening of the FDR. The final stage, with the completion of a cantilevered path, will provide a two-way bike path and pedestrian space. It will also provide seating and park areas to enjoy the East Side waterfront and new bridge connections to adjacent city streets.  A future stage will use one lane of the FDR to accommodate an electric trolley system connecting the life of Manhattan to the East River and providing a safe, environmentally friendly link from the Bronx to the Battery. Closing the East Side gap will extend the beautiful waterside promenade, reduce congestion and contribute to a better environment.






一方東側では国連の敷地でルートが中断しているので、西側に比べ、自転車利用が格段に少ない。自転車は国連の回りでルートを大きく迂回 して、いったん大交通量の中心部へ戻らないといけない。大周りをした挙句、結局、等しく危険に晒されることになるので、わざわざ自転車 道を利用しないことになる。


私たちの提案は、この切れた部分を繋ぎ、ルートを完成して、環状にしようというものである。極小の改変で山手線に相当する長大な自転車道ができることになる。島内で拡張が進んで いる自転車レーン網と繋げられれば、巨大な自転車網が出来上がり、健康のためだけでなく、通勤などにも使わる重要な移動手段となる。車社会に取り上げられてしまった通りを再び人々の生活に取り戻したいと、私たちは考えてい る。