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Randall’s Island Connector: The Bronx’s new car-free link to Manhattan

This spring, the Highbridge re-opened between the Bronx and Manhattan, the first car-free crossing linking the two boroughs. Now the second one in less than a year is open with the debut of the Randall's Island Connector. The project has been in the pipeline for what seems like forever, and on Saturday it opened to the delight of many South Bronx residents.

The connector provides a direct and easy link between the developing South Bronx greenway network and Randall's Island, with its athletic fields, picnic tables, miles of beautiful greenways, and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. From Randall's Island, you can bike or walk to the big island via the 103rd Street footbridge.

Advance apologies for some of the sound. When the winds are gusting over 30 mph and you are below an Amtrak train trestle, well, those aren't ideal conditions. But kudos to the hundreds of people who showed up on a cold and blustery fall morning to celebrate the occasion.

Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • AnoNYC

    This is great. Too bad it took much longer than it should have.

    However:

    •Phase 1 and 2 of the Bruckner Blvd physically separated bicycle lanes (part of the South Bronx Greenway, just north of the RIC) need to be installed immediately. Phase 1 is currently in progress and should wrap up before Spring. Phase 2 has not yet been presented. Phase 2 must include safe connections to the RIC.

    •The Harlem River pathway on Randall's Island just west of Icahn Stadium desperately needs to be repaved. It's in very bad shape.

    •Additionally, the Bruckner Blvd bicycle lanes West of the RIC (headed towards the Willis Ave Bridge) desperately need a conversion into physically separated bicycle lanes. Bruckner Blvd is dangerous with very unpredictable, fast moving traffic.

  • SSkate

    I skated the RIC Saturday afternoon a few hours after the big opening. It was delightful and I an already plotting skate routes in the Bronx because of it.