August 22, 2014

Slowing down the speeders

Bedford’s traffic safety working group, recently formed and only in its first months, is already working to bring change to Bedford’s busiest and most hazardous roads. One group, Safer Cherry Street, has taken its mission to the people, sharing local traffic statistics and traffic safety tips and acting as a sounding board for residents who live between routes 35 and 117.

In a 3-2 vote, the Bedford town board approved a traffic study that would focus on two intersections Cherry Street residents say are plagued by traffic issues and speeding.

This decision came about after residents who live on or near the busy road, which provides a cut-through for motorists between the routes, recommended a number of safety measures at the first meeting of the working group in July.

The study would focus on the intersections of Cherry Street and Quicks Lane and Cherry Street and Valley Road. According to paperwork submitted to the town by VHB Engineering of White Plains, which is slated to perform the study, the firm would look into how to improve pedestrian crossing from the west side of Cherry Street to Valley Road. Costs for the study are capped at $7,000.

As one familiar with the stretch on a daily basis, the problem begins with high-speed traffic disembarking from Route 35. As police traffic monitoring shows, the traffic on Route 35 is often going well in excess of the posted 30 mph limit. Drivers then make a turn onto Cherry Street in Katonah, which is heavily residential with lots of kids, bicyclists, joggers and dog walkers. As they reach a crest, they may be unaware that Quicks Lane, a narrow, highly trafficked one-lane road is bringing traffic onto Route 35, with drivers there impeded by a hill and thick vegetation blocking the view.

So they may be traveling — as recent traffic studies reveal — speeds in excess of 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. In addition, Katonah-Lewisboro school buses pick up and discharge students at intersections along Cherry Street, including Quicks Lane and Whitlockville Road. Pedestrians by the town house and town offices at 425 Cherry St. cross at their own risk as drivers head to Bedford Road.

The Safer Cherry Street group is a model in the use of social media to help inform public policy. Formed by residents along the length of the road and on its arteries, the group communicates via Facebook, town meetings and informal conversations. They have become a model for other parts of town that are subject to chronic traffic safety problems. Residents of other problem areas throughout town would be wise to follow their lead and share their concerns with their neighbors and town officials.


Hoop dreams

Nothing provides a better 15-minute workout with jumps, hand moves and coordination than basketball. The courts in Bedford Hills are great for shooting H-O-R-S-E, pickup games and organized events.

Bedford Village is about to see a new look to the basketball court located behind the pool house in Bedford Village Memorial Park. Renovation began this week for a new two-colored asphalt court, 50 by 84 feet, which will feature seating areas and a total of six clear backboards with goals. Unlike Bedford Hills’ courts, there will be no lights for evening play.

The project, financed by the town and the Chowder and Marching Club, will cost $107,750. According to Bedford officials, donations for the court exceed $40,000 and include benches, pathway donation bricks and site amenities.

The project is scheduled for completion by mid-October. During construction the playground next to the basketball court will be closed. All other areas and facilities within the park will remain open to the public. The new basketball court engineering and design, along with construction oversight, is being handled by the town engineer, Hahn Engineering of Brewster.

Questions regarding the project should be directed to Bill Heidepriem, superintendent of recreation and parks, at 666-8494 or wheidepriem@Bedfordny.gov.

In the meantime, Bedford Hills courts will remain open, with lights that go on at dusk and turn off at 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The courts are open till 10 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays. Bring it on!



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Bedford Hills

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Katonah

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