From my email box:
I was out riding my bike this morning and I noticed this hazardous chain down at Riverdale Park.Â It has recently been placed across a section of the road that approaches the pedestrian bridge access to the bike trail.Â It was nearly invisible to me, on a bike, and I took a few pics of it.Â As you might be able to see, there are 3 reflectors in the chain, but they hang horizontally due to the chain twisting over, so they do not show up.Â Please note that this chain is also in the way of the access trail that many people use to get onto the bridge, since it is nearer to the road.I had intended to call this in as a problem this morning to see what the Parks Department thought of it, and to ask that something more visible could be added or used instead.
It seems I was too late, and I was informed that the chain is now down, and that someone had already run into it.Â You can imagine the hazard this will pose to anyone who attempts to ride through the park at night.Please make a note of this hazard to your readers.Â The Parks Department boss informed me that the chain would stay in place to block parking for peewee football games, and that they would add some more reflectors to it.
I often laugh when this city gets ‘awards’ for being a bike friendly town when the Parks Department does stupid crap like this, and drivers scream at you and swerve at you when riding your bike in the street. We are anything but friendly, we are ignorant when it comes to bicycling.