DNAinfo New York: Walkers Want Cyclists to Dismount on East 78th Street Footbridge

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Steve Vaccaro weights in on the conflict between walkers and cyclists on the East Side Greenway.

UPPER EAST SIDE — Joggers rejoiced, dog walkers and stroller pushers were elated, and good vibes abounded last month when the city cut the ribbon for the sleek $11.9 million East 78th Street pedestrian bridge, reopening a section of the East River esplanade that had been closed for more than a year.

Unsurprisingly, cyclists didn’t like the idea of dismounting. “I believe this is a solution in search of a problem,” said Steve Vaccaro, chairman of Transportation Alternatives’ East Side Volunteer Committee.

“It’s a crowded city,” he added, “and the greenway is a shared space for both pedestrians and cyclists. People need to try to get along first before declaring war.”

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