South Bronx Unite - Sat, July 15, 10:30 am - Enviro Justice Waterfront Bike Tour
Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day South Bronx Environmental Justice Waterfront Bike Tour
Saturday, July 15, 10:30 am Meet at Brook Park (Brook Avenue and 141st Street) RSVP
Join South Bronx Unite as we partner with Friends of Brook Park and TIMES UP! to host a South Bronx environmental justice waterfront bike tour - part of the annual Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day. Bikers will learn about the community's ongoing fight against the disproportionate siting of waste transfer stations and fossil fuel power plants, and will learn about the people's environmental impact study, a dynamic effort being undertaken in partnership with Columbia University to monitor air quality and traffic pre- and post-arrival of FreshDirect, a company given $150 million to relocate its diesel trucking business to the South Bronx waterfront (relying on a 21 year old environmental impact statement to assess the effect of 1,000 more diesel truck trips through a community where one in five children have asthma.) We will also bike to the 132nd Street Pier, the Port Morris Gantries and the Lincoln Avenue waterfront to discuss the community-developed and -driven Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan, a blueprint for a public waterfront now recognized as a priority project on the State Open Space Plan, and we will discuss the unprecedented real estate speculation threatening displacement and what the community is doing to confront it. The group will then travel up the west side of the peninsula to Pier 5 where the city is currently trying to reneg on its promise to provide public green space and waterfront access in favor of additional residential highrise buildings. The bike tour will end at Mill Pond Park, where we will join together with the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Harlem River Working Group and the Bronx Children's Museum to host a waterfront family day with music, food, rock-climbing, children's games, face painting, water testing and other environmental demonstrations.