2002-10-26 / Community

Weiner Sets Breezy Cleanup

Weiner Sets Breezy Cleanup

Breezy Point's long suffering bicyclists and pedestrians will finally get some relief this week, when teams of workers begin cleaning up the sidewalks and cutting back the overgrown trees along the Rockaway Point Blvd.  The cleanup is part of an agreement worked out by Representative Anthony Weiner, Gateway National Park, and NYC's transportation, parks, and sanitation departments.

For years, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to and from Breezy Point were forced to negotiate a treacherous obstacle course along the Rockaway Point Blvd. created by the branches of overhanging trees, and other overgrowth.  It's more than an inconvenience: cyclists are sometimes forced out of the bike path and into fast moving traffic, creating a safety risk for both riders and drivers.

  Now, thanks to the intervention of Weiner, that's all going to change.  Starting on Wednesday, NYC transportation, parks, and sanitation workers will team up with Gateway National Park staff to clean up the sidewalks and prune back the trees.

"There's only one way to and from Breezy Point, and that's the Rockaway Point Blvd, so it's got to be safe," said Rep. Weiner.  "Cyclists and pedestrians should not have to dodge tree branches and duck into traffic just get where they're going.  It's long past time we cleared the path to Breezy."

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