The original route through Hudson proposed by the Empire State Trail people involved Warren Street, and there was talk of moving the parking lane on one side of the street to create a bicycle lane along the curb, as has been done in various places in New York City. Fortunately, that idea was abandoned, and so was the possibility of eliminating parking on one side of Allen Street to create a bike lane. Gossips has been told that no onstreet parking will be sacrificed along the route of the trail through our city.
In anticipation of the trail coming through our streets, those of us who live and park on the affected blocks of Allen Street may want to start practicing what is called in Europe the "Dutch Reach," to avoid "dooring" cyclists when exiting our cars. The poster below, created by a group called the Dutch Reach Project, outlines how it's done. There's even a video on YouTube to teach the Dutch Reach.
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