Residents are not please with the idea of dozens more cyclists zipping through their quiet neighborhood, but it's this last part, the removal of the historic Belgian Block stones, that irks them the most. Vinegar Hill residents started two petitions to stop the Greenway's plans for their neighborhood.
One demands the Greenway bypass Vinegar Hill, and the other specifically addresses the historic streets:
I oppose the use of machine-made or machine-altered cobblestones of any kind or for any purpose in Vinegar Hill because they are incompatible with the designated historic character of our landmarked neighborhood, of which our Belgian blocks are a vital and irreplaceable component. I also oppose the addition of a bike lane on Water Street made from anything but our own historic Belgian Blocks.The petition to save the Belgian Blocks currently has more signatures than the one to stop the bike lane.
So let me get this straight...the City's most pressing road-related priority is to rip up preserved 19th century Belgian Block to replace it with modern Belgian Blocks so bicyclists can ride "along the waterfront" between the projects and a sewage treatment plant. I don't even think the cyclists want this one.