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Those very expensive bike racks have been installed in the Upper Village--and from what we're hearing, the problems are only just beginning--with potential issues for parked cars and pedestrians--given the very narrow sidewalks in the area--and/or the already stressed parking situation. Let it suffice to say that the village has already heard from property owners and businesses--and they're not waxing poetic about sustainability.
Photo #1 to the right shows one of the racks. Photo #2 below is the spec sheet used by the village in the purchase; note how the bikes are supposed to be parked in the rack--which is meant to accommodate two bikes. Now imagine trying to get past this with a stroller...or packages in your arms..or even walking two abreast--in some of the narrow sidewalk locations these racks have been installed. Imagine shoveling snow--or snow piled up by the DPW...or walking into one, that's already happened...the list goes on and on...
Photo #3 is how a bike IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE PARKED in the rack--yet there it is, parked by an enthusiastic bike-riding official who should have known better...
In either direction--and either way--these bike racks promise to make getting around in the Upper Village--let alone shopping, parking, walking, or patronizing the local eateries--that much more difficult. Expect to hear about requests for removal.
Stay tuned for more. Click on the photos. You may also have an interest in the latest price tag for the Croton Point Avenue Project/Bike Lane: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/08/mayor-says-cost-of-croton-point-ave.html
8/22/13 BIKE RACK UPDATE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/08/an-update-more-fun-problems-with-bike.html