The New Springville Greenway is a new 3.2-mile path that runs along the eastern edge of Freshkills Park and provides Staten Island with a well-designed bicycling and running path parallel to Richmond Avenue. Because of the wetlands in the area, the Greenway path crosses over to the other side of Richmond Avenue at Forest Hill Road.
Drivers turning left from Forest Hill Road are not yielding to Greenway users crossing Richmond Avenue with the 'WALK' signal. Cyclists are instructed to cross with the pedestrian signal which sends them through the intersection at the same time as the turning traffic. Pedestrians are often stranded on the median, which offers no protection from Richmond Avenue's six lanes of fast moving traffic.
This intersection needs to be redesigned for the protection of vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists. The New Springville Greenway cannot be successful if users fear for the safety of themselves and their children when walking, running, and bicycling on this Greenway path
The Greenway path crosses Richmond Avenue at Forest Hill Road. This intersection needs to be rethought because cyclists are instructed to cross with the pedestrian signal, but that sends them through the intersection at the same time at the cars turning south onto Richmond Avenue from Forest Hill Road. Crossing pedestrians are being stranded on the median, which offers no protection from Richmond Avenue's six lanes of fast moving traffic. There have already been a number of close calls, and it’s only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed crossing there. Let's fix this problem before that happens.
Will you support a safe crossing on the New Springville Greenway?