City to allow bikes on Riegelmann Boardwalk at all open hours

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The Department of Parks will begin allowing bicycles on the Riegelmann Boardwalk during all open hours starting on Sunday, Oct. 1, a Parks spokesperson told Coney Island News.

The department is testing out the new schedule from Oct. 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018 as part of a pilot program “to make our boardwalk more accessible.” Bikes will be allowed on the middle carriage lane of the boardwalk up until it closes at 1 a.m.

Confusion emerged at a Community Board 13 meeting on Wednesday night when the board’s Parks Committee co-chairs Barbara Teitelbaum and Susam Flaschenberg outlined the proposal. Some people at the meeting were not sure whether the program was officially a done deal, with one person saying “I heard ‘when'” and another person saying “I heard ‘if’.”

The proposal ultimately lacked support across the board, even as it was set to go into effect just days later. 

Regardless of the rule change, cyclists are often seen cruising up and down the boardwalk well outside of the original 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. time slot when bikes are permitted. The time slot has also applied to those skating along the boardwalk.

The Department of Parks said limited hours will return next summer in order to accommodate increased pedestrian traffic.

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