Friday, October 2, 2015

Looking for Counters of Pedestrian & Bicycle Traffic on The High Bridge

Albumen Photograph of The High Bridge, date unknown, but after the water tower was built
(taken from the Bronx, south of the High Bridge)

Simply stated, the only way we are going to get the Parks and Recreation Department to improve the infrastructure at Highbridge Park is by demonstrating that the usage of the two parks and the bridge justifies it.   The Parks and Recreation Department is not collecting any meaningful information on usage for either of the two parks or on the High Bridge itself.   Pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the Bridge has to pass through the two parks.

We would like to establish the baseline usage of the Bridge by pedestrians and bicyclists. To accomplish this we will need volunteers to stand at either end of the Bridge and count the number of pedestrians and bicycles crossing (both ways) during 15 minute intervals.

If you are interested in helping us to gather this information we would appreciate it very much. Please email us with your name and times of availability.  We will then assign a time slot with more specific instructions as to how you may help us.  As a thank you we will credit you with having participated in the study by listing your name along with other participants when we announce the results of the study.  The more we know about the use of the High Bridge the more we can work to improve the infrastructure supporting it in both Highbridge Parks and the surrounding areas.

Thank you for your support.

Photograph of Washington Bridge from Aqueduct High Bridge, date unknown (but after 1895)
Description say that the Washington Bridge goes from 181st Street and 10th Avenue (on the left) to Aqueduct Avenue (Bronx, on the right)

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