Cyclists and officials plan for pedestrian barriers after terror attack along NYC bike path

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The busiest bike path in New York City is back open. But some changes are being discussed.

Since it opened in 2001, pedestrian barriers and bollards have been added at some intersection points along the 4-mile path. Other traffic and safety measures have been put in place.

But at the point of entry of the terror suspect, there was not a permanent bollard. It has been discussed by state and city officials, rider advocates and cyclists in the past.

In 2006, Eric Ng was killed near the same location on the path by a wrong-way drunk driver.

“There are bollards placed at strategic locations on state-owned shared-use paths which protect pedestrian safety and also allow security and emergency vehicles do their jobs," said a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Transportation.

"However, DOT will be undertaking a top to bottom review of these recreational spaces and evaluate any new measures to further enhance security,” the spokesperson said.

The Greenway is state property that is managed by the Hudson River Park Trust. New York City Agencies and some businesses have access to facilties along the path. New York Transportation officials and leaders will be reviewing locations across the state.

“NYPD, DOT and our State partners are closely conferring on installing safety bollards along the West Side bike path/Greenway as soon as possible," said NYC Mayor Spokesman Austin Finan.

“Nobody is better at keeping New Yorkers safe than the NYPD and we will continue to defer to their expertise and informed judgment regarding counterterrorism measures in the area and around the city, as well as guidance from City DOT, State DOT, DCP, DEP and the Port Authority, he said.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill that would help cities install traffic barriers to prevent vehicles from entering pedestrian and bicycle pathways like the attack near the World Trade Center.

It was announced a day after an Islamic State sympathizer drove a pickup truck onto a bike path, killing eight people.

The Democrat says the Stopping Threats on Pedestrians Act, or STOP Act, would create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Transportation that would provide more funding for the installation of traffic barriers.

A similar bill was introduced by a bipartisan group of New York congressmen last month.

Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov was charged Wednesday with providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

Prosecutors say he was stopped by a "brave" police officer, who shot and wounded him Tuesday. They say he had been planning the attack for months.

On Thursday, NYC Councilmemeber Ydanis Rodriguez will call for an accelerated installation program for bollards and safety measures along busy areas, and in front of schools and plazas. He introduced a bill before the NYC Council in June after a driver went on to the sidewalk in Times Square.

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