Yesterday afternoon, towards the end of my (rather wet) ride home, I encountered a pleasant surprise in Inwood Hill Park. For a few weeks now, I’ve seen parks workers here planting new trees, trimming invasive shrubs, putting up new fences, and generally improving the park. Yesterday, though, they painted a number of shared cycling/skating/walking markers! These markers, very similar to the ones encountered on low-volume narrow sections of the Hudson River Greenway, where all Greenway users are expected to share the path, may portend the future expansion of the Greenway into Inwood Hill Park! As previously mentioned, plans already call for the Greenway to be extended through Inwood Hill Park into the Riverdale section of the Bronx. With work on the Dyckman Street ramp from the current Northern terminus of the Greenway well underway, perhaps these markings are meant to help cyclists make their way to the Henry Hudson Bridge when the time comes.
I did a quick loop around, and indeed these markings are only present on the path directly from the park entrance to the Amtrak bridge. Unfortunately, this bridge remains rather rusty and badly in need of some upgrading, including the long-promised bicycle wheel gutters along the sides to aid cyclists making their way across. Plus, once one gets up and across the tracks, the path to the Henry Hudson Bridge remains unmarked, but hopefully this, too, will be taken care of in due time.
For now, I just hope the new lane markings will encourage groups of pedestrians walking or jogging through the park to keep to the right. All too often, including this morning, I encounter groups of three or more joggers running 3 abreast and completely blocking the path. Even so, I expect the new markings will do little to prevent large groups of kids from congregating on the path during a baseball game (a baseball diamond is visible in the background of the fist picture above). Sigh. I guess I’ll just have to wait for more Greenway cyclists to venture further North.