Since July 31, 2015, we have been blogging about cyclists and bike lanes. The July 31, 2015 blog gives you the rules of the road for “Cyclists & Cars”. On September 28, 2015, we specifically blogged on bicycle lanes and various municipalities. On July 29, 2016, we blogged about bicycle safety. On November 11, 2016, we blogged about bike lanes being delayed in New Rochelle. Our last bog on bicycle lanes was on June 30, 2017 dealing with bike laws in the Town of Mamaroneck.
Today, we are going to blog on bike lanes on Route 9 and the cooperation of five villages in creating bike lanes along Route 9. Pedaling alongside cars and trucks along Broadway is unthinkable. The car and truck lanes are full and without a bike lane, it is almost impossible to bike on Route 9.
According to an article on the front page of The Journal News on October 25, 2017 by Richard Liebson, a steering committee of five villages, consortium are working for the connection of a bike lane along Route 9. The Route 9 active transportation conceptual design plan is bringing together residents, merchants and government officials from Hasting-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. They are looking into ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along Route 9. One of the members of the steering committee is Daniel Convissor who said “there’s a lot of potential here but right now, it’s a system that was built for cars not people. If we create a system that makes biking convenient and safe for cyclists, people will do it”. Earlier this year the steering committee used a $150,000 grant from the State Bridge Community Benefits Program to hire traffic consultant, Nelson Nygaard who is developing a plan using research data from a series of committee meetings. The result of their work will be available in the Spring, 2018. Their final report will be presented to the Villages along Route 9 which will decide how to proceed.
There were two meetings in June, 2017, where about 70 people attended both meetings. According to Andrew Ratztein of Hastings-on-Hudson, “All of the Villages have been very engaged in this because we all have Broadway in common, it bisects all of our communities”.
The ultimate goal is to create an integrated network of sidewalks and crosswalks along Route 9 with a continuous bike and pedestrian lane that is protected from car and truck traffic. The method being considered is to separate the bike and pedestrian lane by movable barriers to protect bikes, raised crosswalks and intersections, improved sidewalks and better signage and lighting.
According to Mr. Ratzkin, the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge has been a catalyst for the Route 9 bike lane and sidewalks. The bike lane on the new bridge is expected to bring more bike riders on Route 9.
According to Piermont Police (Rockland side of the bridge), between 3,000 and 5,000 cyclists ride along 9W on the West side of the Hudson River on fair weather weekends.
A major concern amoung merchants has been the potential loss of parking spaces especially in Tarrytown where many businesses line Broadway. David Starkey, owner of Tomatillo restaurant in Dobbs Ferry states “I know it’s counter-intuitive to think that giving up a parking space is good for businesses, but it doesn’t have to be. If it’s safe for people to bike or walk into town, more people will do so since they won’t have to worry about finding a place to park”.
Daniel Convissor started the grassroots “Bike Tarrytown”, an organizatios that relies heavily on social media to explain and promote the project and urge residents and merchants to get involved. Mr. Convissor said creating a protected bike/walkway lane would reduce traffic because more local residents would leave their cars at home. If the Villages create easy biking to their railroad stations, which are all located near the commuter parking, it would became less of a hassle as more people would cycle to the train stations. Dan Convissor believes if the bike and pedestrian lanes would be a win for everyone. “It’s like that movie – if we build, they will come!”
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