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Thursday is gristle.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As described previously, a humble narrator decided to inspect the Triborough Bridge’s rather well used bike and pedestrian path recently. It’s illegal to take photos up there, as I discovered post facto. When an Government Agency doesn’t want you taking photos somewhere, there’s usually a reason. The reason they give will involve the words “security” and or “terrorism,” whereas the words I’d offer include “corruption, incompetence, or malfeasance.”

So, who uses this pathway? Observationally, a lot of bike riders and pedestrians. What they encounter is an (incredibly) unlit and narrow space with stair cases that just sort of appear in front of you without warning.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The bike rider approaching my position above is also breaking the law, since the MTA Bridges and Tunnels operation instructs that riders on the bike path MUST dismount and walk their bikes. Quite obviously, this isn’t something that happens too often. I saw people riding on electric skateboards and scooters as well.

I’m actually planning on how and with whom I’m going to deal with on this subject. It makes me angry, especially so because Triborough is a toll bridge and fairly flush with maintenance budget cash, unlike the NYC DOT bridges like Queensboro or Brooklyn.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Luckily, just as I git to one of the fairly steep stairs, a couple of riders with profoundly bright LED bike lights appeared. Their colorful light helped paint the picture, as it were, of what’s happening up here. Literally the only light other than automotive headlights was being pumped out by these two bikes. Luckily, I always carry a pocket flashlight, but sheesh.

Something different tomorrow, and this won’t be the last time you hear about this particular situation.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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  1. I took about 30 pictures on that bridge last fall. No one around to citation me or report me to the authorities.

    And that bike/ped path is very slim. It’s not worth the time you save riding on it and Cuomo never put fencing on it (although with what he did to get his daddy’s bridge finished, it probably wouldn’t be sturdy). A good hard wind can probably push you into the river.

    JQ LLC

    April 15, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    • I should note that there is no fencing where the path is above the water.

      JQ LLC

      April 15, 2021 at 1:08 pm

  2. 30 years ago, Id take the NYT up there and make giant paper airplanes, that would slowly sail away toward Mill Rock and even all the way to Manhattan.  Good clean fun.

    gregwood4@yahoo.com

    April 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm


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