NY1 For You: Cyclists Deal With Sandy Path Three Years After Hurricane
Three years after a stretch of bike path in Brooklyn was damaged by a hurricane, cyclists are still lugging their bicycles through sand and asking for answers from the city. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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This bumpy stretch of sand looks more like a beach than a bike path and unfortunately looks are deceiving for cyclists who ride on the Plum Beach bike path in Brooklyn.
"It's covered with sand and stones and it's not a good, safe, 'bike-able' path," says cyclist Ira Langsam.
"It's rough because you have to get off and you have to actually walk it unless you have a mountain bike," says cyclist Dennis Hubbard.
"I think it's very dangerous. It interferes our run every day," says cyclist Ann Abruzzo.
Two stretches of the bike path were hit hard by Hurricane Ida in 2009, leaving torn-up patches of the path covered in sand and rock.
A picnic table and attached benches mostly buried in sand are more evidence of the destruction from Hurricane Ida that has sat untouched for three years now.
"I was really surprised in 2011 when it still hadn't been repaired and now 2012, three years have passed. So it just seems a lot of people are dragging their feet," says Langsam.
"It would be nice if it was fixed so we can have a nice ride out here," says cyclist Audry Jussen.
After cyclists called NY1, the station contacted the Parks Department. A spokesman told NY1 beach nourishment is scheduled for this fall by the Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize the shoreline. Once the shoreline is stabilized, Parks officials will proceed with restoring the bike path.
NY1 then contacted the Army Corps of Engineers to find out when specifically the beach will be replenished and the station is waiting to hear back.
NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.