June 4, 2019
Drafts of the Comprehensive Plan misunderstand the Route 9 Active Transportation Plan.
It starts out saying the Route 9 recommendations should be implemented "as appropriate." Then it leads into fear, uncertainty and doubt about safety, congestion, parking and cost. All of these issues are addressed by the Route 9 Plan.
Here's why implementating the whole Route 9 Plan is the right approach:
Another section of the Comp Plan covers the "redesign key intersections." The drawings relating to Broadway should be removed from the Comprehensive Plan because these:
Safe streets mean mobility for all. 25% of households in Sleepy Hollow don't have a car, while another 40% have only one. Over 20% of Village residents are too young to drive. A chunk of folks are too infirm to drive.
Making Broadway work for everybody means each community member can access jobs, food, school and friends. It boosts property values as well. The return on investment is tremendous.
C-1b: As appropriate, implement recommendations of the Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan.
In November 2018, the Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan was released to recommend strategies to promote bicycle-friendly improvements to Route 9 improve Route 9 for all users.
The Village of Sleepy Hollow is supportive of the principles of improving bicycle safety in the area and some of the report's recommendations are consistent with Village priorities as expressed in this Comprehensive Plan.
The Village must also be strategic in advocating for changes to Route 9 to ensure that the corridor preserves pedestrian safety, continues to mitigate traffic congestion, and provides adequate parking to support local businesses; and the proposed interventions are fiscally prudent. Recommendations in the report should be implemented in a balanced way that support the safety of all road users.
C-1a: Redesign key intersections to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Intersections that could be improved include: Route 9 and Pocantico Street, Route 9 and Pierson Avenue, Broadway and Bedford Road, Broadway and Pocantico Street, Route 9 at the high school, and other Inner Village intersections (Figure 20).
Include recommendations of the Environmental Advisory Committee Walkability Workshop Report.
30 citizens showed up to a Trustee Meeting to support making Broadway safe for walking and cycling.
Our Broadway for Everbody page has complete details of how and why we need to fix Route 9.
Read everything we've got on the Comprehensive Plan.