When it comes to motorized vehicles, RIOC has two standards. Cars, trucks and ebikes are free to speed and run stop signs and crosswalks as long as they stick to Main Street. But on the West Promenade, they are strictly banned… Except…
by David Stone
With the smug defiance of. privileged elites, RIOC has once again carved out special rights for themselves. These are not available to anyone living on Roosevelt Island and paying for a remotely governed state agency blessed with Governor Kathy Hochul’s protection.
The location abuts the New York State Shelton J. Haynes Parking Area where four spots are set aside for RIOC’s dear leader. That’s not enough for the state agency that never gets it wrong.
About the Motorized Vehicles Ban
RIOC first showed its timidity toward doing anything that might make Main Street safer by restricting bicycles on the promenade.
The hopelessly effete Public Safety Department’s efforts ended with putting up the signs. Over their three years of life, they’ve been approximately as useful as breasts on a bull.
From the Series: My Life Passing Before Me
But last year, three people were struck by cars on Main Street. One was a child; another, a senior who went through painful months of physical therapy.
RIOC reacted after the third incident, which involved the child, promising a comprehensive Traffic Safety Plan. That was promised by President/CEO Shelton J. Haynes, but he never came out with it.
Instead, the state agency that never makes a mistake announced the first motorized vehicle ban on the promenades. It was offensive, but not just because it tried shifting focus away from Main Street.
It also severely restricted multiple housing complexes from access to their own properties, even in emergencies. RIOC quickly recognized the problem though, deciding it did not apply to them. They continued driving on the promenades as they always have.
But the New Signs Are Much Bigger
Widely seen as a sorry excuse for not actually prying butts out of chairs at HQ, the bigger signs appear to shout at offenders.
But they are still ridiculous because they don’t address any real problem. Instead, they illustrate the privileges RIOC grants itself and denies to those who live here and pay all the bills for their bloated salaries.