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Trouble on Fairy Chasm

Safety Issues in Bayside

Have you ever been driving, walking or riding a bike down Fairy Chasm Road?  Most of our residents would problably answer yes.  We live in a wonderful community where biking and walking are a big part why Bayside is a such great place to live but sadly we are asking for trouble unless some significant changes are made.  As I reside on Fairy Chasm, I have also seen our street become incredibly crowded with all of these happening sometimes all at once.....

*  Two way auto traffic

*  People walking on both sides of the street

*  Bicyclists riding on both sides of the street-often in packs, not single file

*  Landscaping contractors with large vehicles park on the street

We have been very lucky that we have avoided any major incidents, especially involving our children who actively play in the area.  Sadly, I think we are living on borrowed time.  Obviously the ideal situation would be to widen the street to include dedicated bike lanes on both sides of the street BUT I do not believe this is feasible especially after the "Pelham" issue and the beautiful trees that line our street.  I do think some fairly easy common sense approaches should be conisdered...

*  As this route is part of a larger bike path, we must add signage and enforce that bikes are to ride single file

*  Make it mandatory that if a resident contracts a landscaping service they must park in their customers driving while working and not block a lane on Fairy Chasm

*  Increase are overall signage to "Slow Down" and "Watch for Pedestrians" and increase enforcement of the speed limit

I truly feel that by this common sense, low cost approach we can make our community safer.  My name is Tom Noble and I am running for the Bayside Village Board of Supervisor's in the April 2nd election.  Let's hear what you think!  Please send me your comments and sugeestions at thomasnoble1962@yahoo.com or visit my Facebook page-Tom Noble for Bayside Village Board of Supervisor's.  Thank you!

 

 

 

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CLD January 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Tom, I couldn't agree more. So many children use that path every morning on the way to school with no easy access to Pelham Parkway. It is an accident waiting to happen.
Sarah Worthman January 16, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Thanks for the comment, CLD. How can we fix this? I feel like residents aren't going to be too happy about expanding the road, but I understand it's a main thoroughfare for cyclists. Personally, I like walking there too, but it does create quite an issue when there's a walker, cyclist and a few cars coming.

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