Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I Have Not Yet Begun To Preach
Well, that got to be a very interesting discussion over the lie-down paddlesurfer yesterday, especially after he actually left a comment introducing himself.
One guy making his own decisions about what to do & how to do it on the waters of NYC is not what's bugging me this week, though. What's really bugging me this week (and if you're a Facebook friend of mine you may already know this) is an RFP for a new kayak facility that's just come out. Usually I'd say "YAY" but in this case, they're talking about putting it on the eastern channel of Roosevelt Island.
Personally, I don't think you could come up with a much more ill-conceived location. You've got currents that top out at speeds around 4 kts (faster than the average paddler can paddle) and heavy commercial traffic (and I mean heavy as in "lots of boats" and also heavy as in in HEAVY) operating a very restricted channel. Not a place I think of as somewhere I'd want to be responsible for a group of novices.
More later (although I pretty much just said my piece there, really - couldn't quite bring myself to just say "Bad idea, I'll tell you why later") but for now - here's the proposal, and here's an update from a recent community meeting.
It's not really any of my business but it really, really worries me.
More sometime when I'm not on my