Cyclists ride to take a stand over bike path connector closure in Riverdale

A bunch of motorcycle riders is taking a stand over a closed connector between two fundamental bike paths.

The middle of all of it, the Haven Acres neighborhood within the metropolis of Riverdale.

That neighborhood was the way in which to get from the Mississippi River Path to the Duck Creek Path.

Now, there’s a gate there after neighbors complained about bike site visitors.

Riders say they’re pressured to go round into South Bellingham, throughout a busy four-lane freeway, to get to Duck Creek Path.

Cyclists participated in a mile-and-a-half journey.

“The primary cause we wish the gate to vanish is as a result of the Metropolis of Riverdale has made an unsafe state of affairs. So, what they’ve performed is pressure riders to go throughout Freeway 67 as an alternative of happening this good, quiet Kensington Avenue,” mentioned John Harrington, former president of the Quad Cities Bike Membership.

After that, all of them met at My Place Pub. They are saying it’s their means of exhibiting help to the enterprise as a result of it has additionally been impacted by the connector being closed.

Native 4 spoke to Jamie Lengthy, proprietor of My Place Pub.

“Near 35% of my enterprise earnings between the spring and fall seasons are gone. COVID, the shutdowns, the storms, the rioting, the whole lot else that has occurred. To then shut the bike path too is simply an additional blow,” mentioned Lengthy.

Friday’s occasion was additionally an opportunity to boost cash for authorized prices to attempt to reopen the connecter.

The objective is $10,000. Thus far, they’ve raised about $7,500.