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Brooklyn-Queens Greenway Advocates Bike for the Cause

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Manhattan already has a greenway, a foot and bike trail that circles the island and advocates are now pushing for the completion of a similar greenway in Brooklyn and Queens. Sunday, they held a bike ride for the cause. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.

It was a celebration on Sunday, as they cycled for a cause.

The long ride began bright and early in Greenpoint. A few hours later, they crossed the finish line at Rockaway Beach, with sore muscles and smiling faces.

"Exhausting, it's fun," said one rider.

"It was a piece of cake," another rider said.

"It was nice to see the beautiful shoreline, and looking forward to it being fully open in the future," another said.

They're raising money, so that one day, there can be a 14 mile landscaped greenway for pedestrians and cyclists, connecting parks and spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

"If you're going from north to south, it can be hard sometimes. It can feel dangerous being on the roads," said rider Rabi Abonour.

"It's good for people. I think it's good for the environment and it's fun," rider Bill Duggan said.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative's Olivia Lynch says the organization has been working about a decade on the project.

"Currently, we've done 5 miles out of 14, and today's ride really highlights the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn waterfront greenway combined with a Jamica Bay greenway in Queens.

Among the areas already completed:

"Brooklyn Bridge Park is a completed section of the greenway; Kent Avenue in Williamsburg; we have Columbia Street and Van Brunt Street in Red Hook," Lynch said.

Matt Malina provides access to bikes for people who are visually impaired. He says the greenway would be especially important for them.

"Greenways are incredible helpful for safe cycling," Malina said.

"It gives you a new set of wings, I would say, because I never thought that having a visual impairment and not being able to see, that you'll be able to ride a bike," said rider Edery Herrera.

Organizers say they'll soon be breaking ground on a section of the greenway at flushing avenue in Greenpoint.

Their next event, the Brooklyn Greenway half marathon on October 19.

For more information visit: BrooklynGreenway.org.

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