February 23, 2023 Update

Photo of several older adults on e-bikes in the countryside.

A group of seniors enjoying an e-bike ride in the countryside.

E-Bike Ban Proposed -- Hearing on 2/28

2/24 Edit: The bill language was released. It bans Class 2 and Class 3 ebikes from all parks and sidewalks.

Heads up!!! Sleepy Hollow's Mayor wants to ban e-bikes in parks.[1] Why? Because some people have complained about close calls.

E-bikes are an important means of safe, efficient transportation and recreation, which our community needs to welcome and encourage.

If any action is to be taken, it should just be regulating bad behavior. When people are walking near by, people cycling should slow down to 5 mph. (Whether you're on an e-bike or a regular bike.) We are lobbying the Trustees to this effect. Please say so too:

In person:
Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Sleepy Hollow Village Hall
28 Beekman Ave


Paula McCarthy <pmccarthy@villageofsleepyhollow.org>

This reminds us of when Mayor Wray proposed banning the parking of bikes for more than 5 minutes on public property. (That was his "galaxy brain" idea in Jan & Feb of 2019 in order to regulate any bike share companies that might, theoretically, come to Sleepy Hollow.) Fortunately, Bike Tarrytown's lobbying got the Trustees to nip that in the bud.

We also remember when Xiomara Chimbo was severely injured while crossing Beekman Ave in May, 2019. Mayor Wray's policy response: nothing.

And we recall the October 23, 2018 crash in which Ian Pasato was injured while walking across the intersection of Clinton St and Depeyster St. So, in 2022, when those sidewalks were rebuilt, did Mayor Wray do anything to improve safety there? Nope.

(We could go on with more examples, but you get the picture.)

But when it comes to people being startled by people cycling, Ken Wray is a man of action! This is just another demonstration of his long standing bikeophobia.

[1] 2/7/23 Worksession: https://youtube.com/live/D2GCin8nuTY?t=4950

Continental Concession

Everyone did excellent work lobbying Sleepy Hollow and the State. Demolishing 1 Pleasant St was pulled from the Restore NY grant application. (The call to action was in our 1/14/23 newsletter.)

Election Day 3/21

Martin Rutyna is on the ballot to end Ken Wray's 14 year reign as Mayor. Martin is a nice guy, a firefighter, and a good manager. He's got the right take on the topics that matter. And he's got the connections and strategy to win.

If you live in Sleepy Hollow, make sure to vote. If you're not registered yet, here's how: https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/register-to-vote

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