Waterfront walk

What resources did you use while participating in this activity?

sunset park walk

Quantified walk in Sunset Park

I used the walking app on my phone to track our walk in time and space. Quantifying my progress shows only where I went and when. It does not show the human resources of my colleagues, who continued to share their very thoughtful observations about the conditions of the buildings, street and sidewalk surfaces, transportation routes, and speculations on the need for such ample parking, as we made slow progress out to the feral cat colony at the end of 39th Street, and hasty progress back to meet other groups on time. Their thoughts contributed to my reconsidering my position on the feasibility of the greenway.

Have you changed any ideas you used to have on creating recreational open space?
We could see water from every point on our walk to the waterfront, but access to the water eluded us, even though it appears very close to our route. High chain-link fences separating a broken sidewalk from vast, empty paved areas kept us from getting close to the waterfront. Too close for comfort, however, was the rush of heavy truck traffic. Some vehicles sped along Second Avenue, while many made nearly blind turns onto or off of side streets. When I set off on the waterfront walk, I imagined a bi-directional protected bike lane on the west side of Second Avenue filled with cyclists harmoniously pedaling alongside motorized vehicle traffic. By the end of the experience, I began to doubt the feasibility of the greenway until truck traffic is calmed and rerouted and pedestrian- and bike-friendly crosswalks are established. For the greenway to succeed, it must serve all nonmotorized modes, abilities, and ages.

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