At the recent Village Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, December 5, 2005, a public hearing was held in consideration of a proposed local law prohibiting the parking of vehicles on Village sidewalks and curbs. Though Local Law No. 3 of 2005 creates provisions for parking when there is a snowfall accumulation of more than two inches, another objective in enacting the law, according to Village Manager Rick Herbek is, “to preserve our investment in all of these new sidewalks and curbs by not having people parking on them”.
Improvements in sidewalks throughout the Village make walking around the Village of Croton-on-Hudson significantly safer. However, if you are heading from Duck Pond Park, on Bungalow Road by foot, to get a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts for example, you’ll often find that the only sidewalk insuring your safe passage, is used in its entirety, by as many as five vehicles for parking by patrons of stores in the strip mall located on Maple Avenue, next to the Croton Colonial Restaurant and Diner.
Therefore, walkers, strollers and bikers are forced to walk behind drivers, in the middle of the parking lot that, in certain cases can be unaware that pedestrians can be as close as 4 to 6 feet from their rear bumpers. According to Village of Croton-on-Hudson Police, cars and trucks parked on this sidewalk are not ticketed, for now, but that policy could change pending final adoption of this law.