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Same Trail, Different Look and New Reminders

After being on PAUSE for nearly three months, we’ll certainly be able to YIELD. And if anyone forgets, the word is underfoot in several places as a reminder. A sign at the street entrance tells people to stay six feet apart.

Doubtful people will forget. This afternoon I walked on the spur path and the Esposito Trail and saw some people wearing masks, some weren’t, everyone was friendly, a few waved hello. A bicyclist who was behind me said “excuse me” so he could pass. More people were on the new path than were on the trail.

“When is this going to open?” asked one lady, waving hello as we passed. She was walking on the trail; I’d just stepped aside to let the bicyclist pass. “No one told us anything.”

Another bicyclist stopped by the spur path entrance. “I wish this was open.” Both it and the entrance to new steps leading to Village Hall were blocked. “I think people using it will be respectful of each other,” he said when I mentioned the path is less than 12 feet wide. “I think we’ll all be careful.” The word YIELD was painted on the other side of the orange barriers, where the bridge and spur paths meet.

Here is a closer view of both where they meet at the bridge path. If you click on the photo and again click on the tiny magnifying circle, then you can see them closely. Mom will not be able to see the art on the underpass walls because the spur path’s initial incline is too steep to safely navigate her wheelchair.

There were three swing gates at the street entrance, too. I wonder how someone in a wheelchair or who uses a motorized scooter will be able to navigate it.

While the path’s overlooks, Welcome Centers and art placed along the way are nice touches, what would the original Tappan Zee Bridge builders think if they saw the new bridge and its tourist enticements? The design is modern, the new name removed history, and a neighborhood is forever changed again.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

Second Outreach Center Closes; SUP Progressing

There’s an empty space on Main Street in Nyack, where one Outreach Center had been since early 2013. If you thought they posed with a cross steel section of pile for a reason, then you were right. It was moving out day; both Centers are now part of the project’s history (Tarrytown closed last year).

I parked on Clinton Avenue to see the Esposito Trail and side path, separated by a divider and newly-planted young trees (November 15 per the tags around those I checked). A young boy was bicycling in the center of the trail while his father ran in the center of the new spur path.

Local cycling groups want the path open 24/7, claiming it’s a transportation mode to which they need uninterrupted access. Hours have not been decided.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Aerial View: Side Path Construction in S. Nyack

Drone photo/South Nyack by Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

This photo from July 1 shows the bridge side path that leads into South Nyack and runs parallel to the Esposito Trail.

Closer look/South Nyack by Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

It began as a little yellow line on a diagram. In other news, the humongous crane left the project site and was seen heading south accompanied by three tugboats. That’s for another blog post.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Paving the Greenery to build a Bike/Walk Path

Above is the Esposito Trail a little way in taken two summers ago. I wouldn’t have recognized it (below) had it not been for the Thruway signs to the left. Photo is courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

“They paved paradise . . . To put up a parking lot”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

The Little Yellow Line next to the Esposito Trail

Had to see the trail for myself after reading posts and viewing pictures. I wasn’t prepared for my reaction and got teary as I stood on the corner while cars passed or turned around me. It looked barren and sad; no solace that signs pointing to a detour were posted.

The yellow line that was part of a parking concept a few years ago resulted in the destruction of nature and a path I liked to walk on occasion. I still don’t know why the bridge’s path had to enter a neighborhood. Why couldn’t it continue to the parking lot and connect from there with another route?

The little yellow line next to the Esposito Trail is coming and is the reality above.

“We want to ensure that the concept chosen will be the best for our residents and will eliminate parking from our streets while allowing for economic development,” Christian told the Rockland County Times Wednesday (from my 2015 article).

Relief that the SUP terminus was moved from the corner of Cornelison Avenue and South Broadway resulted in construction next to the Esposito Trail, where crews will build the shared use path spur.

I saw the above flowers growing to the left of the closed trail entrance and hope they weren’t uprooted. Nature is resilient and will bloom again in the spring. The bridge will not solve congestion from Port Chester to Suffern; it balloons onto the Sprain Brook Parkway’s exit lane as cars trying to merge onto I-287 are jockeying with cars that want to take Exit 2.

The new bridge has safety features and extra lanes; however, there have been numerous accidents and traffic jams during its short life. Did the extra lanes help? How will the traffic be resolved by adding bicycles lanes along Rockland and Westchester roads? Please don’t take more lanes from already congested routes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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