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Fountain blues along the Shore Road bike path

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It’s strictly BYOB — bottles of water, that is — on the Shore Road bike path, and the city’s failure to provide working fountains along the popular leaves cyclists joggers and pedestrians at risk of heat stroke.

There’s not a single water fountain on the five-mile stretch from the 69th Street pier to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a scenic waterfront path that raises heart rates for its beauty, but parches throats and overheats brains.

“It’s a recipe for disaster,” said bike path user Richie Carrera last week, when the mercury topped 90 for the first time this year. “On a hot, humid day like this, you definitely need water.”

You won’t get it, though. The only hint of hydration are two broken fountains in the baseball fields near Bay Parkway — but they’re just a mirage.

“There currently is not money in our budget” to fix the fountains, said Phil Abramson, a spokesman for the Parks Department, who added that those particular fountains have been out of service for a decade.

As for the Shore Road bike path itself, the only water will be in your own canteen.

“There are no water service lines — and never were — along the Shore Road bike path,” Abramson said.

The city spent $20 million to restore the portion of the bike path between the Verrazano Bridge and the 69th Street Pier just a few years ago, but no one added water lines.

The waterless will have to find water by leaving the path at Shore Road Park, at 79th Street, or at 100th Street and in Bensonhurst Park near Bay Parkway.

Cyclists and strollers thirst for relief, especially given that excessive heat can lead to dehydration and delirium (see sidebar).

“There are not even any stores nearby to get drinks,” said Antoinette Claps, who was Rollerblading on the path.

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joey from Clinton Hills says:
I was so thirsty I ended up in Howard Beach. Ugh, horrible place - Sopranos meets Jersey Shore...but at least I was able to buy some water on the Crossbay Parkway (or whatever it's called.)
June 28, 2010, 10:50 am
pedestrian from bay ridge says:
There are also water fountains in Owls Head Park at 68th Street.
June 28, 2010, 11:36 am
Paul A. from Bay Ridge/Ft. Hamilton says:
Phil Abramson should do some research claiming there were never water service lines on that streach of the bike path along the water. When I was a young boy walking to the 69st pier there was a water fountain between the pedestrian bridge spanning the belt at 92nd street & 4th avenue. A bit further going west was a Texaco station that also had water fountains and restrooms. Do your homework! Again the mice ran away with the plans!! If it's not within the budget for water fountains, at least provide baskets or bags for the empties that people leave on every flat surface.
June 28, 2010, 1:55 pm
Jef from Bath Beach says:
Well, it they spent less money on trees then maybe we could have a fountain or two.
really, they have planted trees at Bay Parkway and there are already a forest near the park...

Then below the VZ, some moron deceides to plant oak trees there, which are all sick and some are dead....ummm, because oak trees are not native to that part of the land....see trees on other side near the park, healthy and green
July 16, 2010, 1:15 pm

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