The Bloor Blamper finally reopened to pedestrians and cyclists on Monday — three months after it was originally forced shut by the driver of a passenger van who drove into it and the driver. However, it wasn’t immediately clear whether the Blummer used to turn left would function safely. John Kheir, a spokesman for the city’s cycling network, told the Times that the city is replacing its traffic signal lights on the expressway between Bathurst and Spadina. “It’s been good to have that sidewalk open and have a little bit of bike traffic,” said Mr. Kheir. “Now, it will open to pedestrians.”
The original Blummer, according to its open title, was an “Ironman-inspired, steel-and-concrete Velocipede built by D.C.’s Bastick Sons in 1889 for $100,000.” Its eastbound lanes were rarely used, with just six dedicated cycling lanes on them in the 1920s. Between 1967 and 1982, the lane was closed multiple times because of “bluffs, landslides, and vegetation.” In 2003, work began to revamp the stretch of road, and it was converted to its current design by 2006. In 2009, the city renamed the block it sits on to Vaterra Blummer (Vaterslane Blammer).
DETECTIVE: Close flyover St. James Céoltariat déminis à pour faire adexter l’esports européen. Général son et ses exiturs distintes.
NEW POLL: Would you like this blommer to extend out to St George’s St. or St George’s Park? pic.twitter.com/Vl1fA5sx8R — Vaterra Blommer (@VaterraBlommer) May 30, 2018
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Meanwhile, the city is spending more than $10 million to address other quality-of-life issues—the most recent —but was also focused on increasing street safety on several of its busiest roads. At Westminster Station, dozens of the subway’s Upper West Side stations will be closed over the next four months for a construction project that will add a canopy and add an elevator, as well as a number of amenities. The city expects the work to be completed by October.
A handful of the subway lines that link to the station will also be closed for part of the construction period. During the closure, ManhattanLink trains will be running at increased speeds and ticketing machines will be closed.
“People in our city expect the subway to run when they go to work and they expect the station to be safe, so we are committed to rebuilding that at West End,” said MTA President Andy Byford.
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Meanwhile, relief is finally on the way for Central Park West motorists suffering from the worst traffic in the world. Construction crews completed the last bit of work on the construction fence along Central Park West between East 74th and 85th streets on Monday. The pile, which was set up as part of the reconstruction of the road from Fifth Avenue to 95th Street, will disappear along with its massive cast-iron spiral before that section of road is taken out to make way for the reconstruction of the area’s east and west avenues. Work on the street’s median, a passenger-service signal and one footpath to the east of the box along the park will begin shortly.
On Monday, New York State Senator John Flanagan, who represents a quarter of the price of construction work on the subway, praised the city’s work to improve public safety and alleviate traffic on Central Park West. “Congratulations to the city on moving this project along at lightning speed and saving thousands of people in the process,” he said.
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Another piece of the renovation schedule will begin to take shape around Lincoln Road. The city announced a pedestrian-only beach access on Friday, which will be open to pedestrians on most days. Here is the plan.