2011-11-04 / Letters

Breezy Point Sign Discourages Bicyclists

Dear Editor,

A large, unofficial sign has recently appeared at the entrance to the Breezy Point community in the Rockaways. The sign states that “the NYC bike path ends here” and that “this is a private cooperative community.” A map of the NYC bicycle path is also attached to the sign.

It is our understanding from contacting the NYC Department of Transportation that the majority of the main road that traverses Breezy Point (Rockaway Point Boulevard) is owned and maintained by the City of New York. There is a Federal Reserve at the end of this road, as well as a public restaurant and shopping center alongside it, where all are welcome. In addition, the road itself is maintained by the public’s tax dollars.

Although not explicitly stated, one cannot help but conclude that the sign actively discourages cyclists from entering Breezy Point, which is a lovely, picturesque and enjoyable bike ride. The presence of such a sign in New York City is a disgrace to the efforts of our fine city to foster the inclusiveness and enjoyment of the outdoors for which we are known.

Perhaps one could argue that the sign is a warning to cyclists that there is no designated bike path and thus to be careful, however, there is no such warning on this sign. In fact, the wide shoulders on Breezy Point’s main road are more than ample for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Are we to believe that recreational cyclists, who do not reside in Breezy Point are considered unwanted in their community? The sign should be removed immediately.


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