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.