As the parking debate continues (The Paper, Feb. 7, 2014), I am stunned by how the mayor and the board continue to bat this ball around in the interest in revenue and spaces provided, before they have first addressed the issue of safety.
Three days after I moved from Manhattan to Cold Spring in 2006, at 4:30 in the afternoon an elderly man was hit by a car as it sped around the corner onto Fair Street from Main — right beneath my window! What an unpleasant welcome to the village. It always astounded me that for all the pedestrian traffic in Cold Spring, that there were no crosswalks to enable people to get safely across Main Street, yet the side streets do have crosswalks.
This is not a huge expense. This is just paint!
Not only is one needed at Main and Fair, on the west side of the intersection (see photo) but another one is needed on the uphill side of Lunn Terrace, where late drivers whip around the corner on their way to catch the train. These crosswalks could easily be built up into speed bumps, which would also help prevent cop cars speeding up Main (with no siren) to the endangerment of all pedestrians.
By the way, the current (diagonal) proposal, though perhaps a forward thinking one, ceased to hold any validity for me when I read “removal of 10 trees.” Really?