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Queens-Manhattan Bike Bridge: Kill It Now

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A Queens-Manhattan bike bridge gathered steam last week when former traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz pitched it. But media reports left something out. The Queens Ribbon, if built, makes a mess on Roosevelt Island.

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By David Stone

Not Schwartz nor any of the media flacks took a serious look at how the combination bicycle pedestrian bridge slams an ugly foot print in Southpoint Park. Or FDR Four Freedoms, according to one description.

A wisp of a bridge, suspended by cables, 20-feet wide with a lane for cyclists, and one for people walking.

The Gothamist

First reported in The Gothamist, the Queens Ribbon “would stretch from Long Island City, stop on Roosevelt Island that would be accessible by elevator.”

The Queens-Manhattan Bike Bridge… with a “stop on Roosevelt Island.”

Let’s take a look at the “stop” on Roosevelt Island.

Southpoint Park where the Queens-Manhattan Bike Bridge would plant a giant footprint
If built, the Queens-Manhattan bike bridge would lay a metallic scar straight across small and compact Southpoint Park.

Renderings by T. Y. Lin (international) play it down, but the foot print on Roosevelt Island would be massive and another blow to our parks.

What’s missing in this drawing?

The 20 foot wide deck would be suspended on cables.

“The cables would be supported by three delta-shaped towers located near the Long Island City shore, at Roosevelt Island, and near the Manhattan shore. Each tower would be around 300 feet tall and 200 feet wide,” according to the Sunnyside Post.

All local plus 24/7: Roosevelt Island News

But what’s missing…?

First thing missing from the Queens-Manhattan bike bridge is not immediately obvious… But it’s that nobody bothered talking to anyone on Roosevelt Island about it.

If you’re going to run a 30 story high structure with a giant paw print in one of the local parks, wouldn’t that be a good idea?

But that’s a quibble next to the other bad news.

Devastation across the width of Southpoint Park, already embroiled in controversy, would alter the space permanently.

Although the rendering avoids reality by simply flattening the park, the bridge would thump a giant paw in the middle and scrape over or just north of the rolling hill that centers it.

But the real deception masked in visualizations of the Queens-Manhattan bike bridge is the worst of it.

The “stop on Roosevelt Island that would be accessible by elevator,” blithely reports The Gothamist.

But you’re not going to find that ugly elevator building, shaft or bridge landing anywhere in any of the drawings.

Conclusion: The Queens-Manhattan Bike Bridge Is Really Bad for Roosevelt Island

So, what we have here is a team of New York City elites, academics and city officials, proposing a devastating intrusion on a treasured park without bothering to touch base with the community.

Don’t we already get enough of that from RIOC and Governor Cuomo?

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  1. When I saw this,one thing popped out, no consulting with anyone who knows anything about building over the river. The walkway would have to be the height of the Queensboro Bridge,
    It reminds me of the Squibb Bridge and London Millenium Bridges that were pedestrian bridges that failed due to poor engineering.

    To enter and exit an over 200 foot high bridge, you would need an extensive ramp on both ends or a very curved helix.

    Supports for such a structure would devistate the south end of the island for years.

    Sorry Sam Schwartz, this was a great PR item but not thought out,. (Maybe your should forget the experts and talk to Roosevelt Islanders)

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