by Josh Gross
Approximately 125 members of the Citizens for an Open Greenbelt convened at the corner of Glenwood and Riverside streets in Garden City this morning to protest a ban on bicycles on a section of the Garden City Greenbelt.
COG says that the original donation of the land in 1980 dictated its usage as a bike path. Garden City disagrees. The issue has gone back and forth in court for the last several years. Officials said that the goal today was to make their cause more visible to the general public.
To do so, they walked their bikes through the section of the Greenbelt that is closed to bicycle traffic, waving and greeting residents and pedestrians, some of whom heckled them in response.
"I hope you get a ticket," shouted one homeowner. A man standing next to him raised his fists as if to say, "Put up your dukes."
"This is the only place I can walk without getting run down by bikers," a frustrated pedestrian grunted.
But not everyone was against them. Many passing cars honked in approval, and some pedestrians made approving comments.
Several of the protesters rode unicycles, tricycles and one four-wheeled pedal car as a commentary on the ban's wording only applying to bicycles.
The group reached the end of the disputed section of pathway and turned around. When they got back to the start, some headed to City Hall but most of the crowd dispersed.