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Pedestrians Cross at Own Risk in Schmidt's Croton

March 14, 2009

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At the dangerous intersection on South Riverside Avenue and Maple Street in Mayor Schmidt’s Croton, drivers are permitted to illegally park their vehicles over the sidewalk at the strip mall next to the Croton Colonial Diner. And when vehicles are parked there, passers-by are forced to move into harm’s way.

Worse, a close examination of the satellite map reveals that there is no safe alternate route for pedestrians when their right-of-way is obstructed by law-breaking drivers.

Why is it that in Croton, the laws meant to protect Crotonites are ignored by the mayor?

PS. This ain’t the first time Crotonblog has expressed its concern for public safety in this parking area. To see what we mean, read “Why Is Croton So Selectively Enforcing Its Laws, Mr. Mayor?,” published on July 8, 2007 and “The Disaster at the Intersection of Routes 9A and 129 in Croton,” from June 26, 2007.

On March 21, 2009 10:52 AM, GD said:

there are others. It doesn’t help that nowadays, most motorists do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Try it sometime.

On March 21, 2009 10:50 AM, GD said:

there are others. It doesn’t help that nowadays, most motorists do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Try it sometime.

On March 19, 2009 7:44 AM, Chris Ginter said:

I too have found this to be disconcerting yet I must say that it is mediated by the knowledge that I know just where to go if I yearn to see a crew cab with rubber testicles hanging from its trailer hitch

On March 19, 2009 7:35 AM, Janet Hawkins said:

THANK YOU for speaking out on this issue. I frequently pass this strip mall on foot and am forced to walk in motorized traffic by trucks and cars parked on the sidewalk, even when parking spaces in the lot are available. There are also a number of straight-on parking spaces at the southern end of the lot (across the street from the Croton Colonial)that could easily accommodate larger vehicles, but I imagine the drivers find it easier and more convenient to park in the pedestrian right-of-way than to walk the 20-50 ft. from that part of the lot, especially if the merchants in the mall do not discourage such behavior.

On March 16, 2009 12:59 PM, townie said:

I moved to Croton in 1976. They have been parking that way since I moved here. Let’s at least be fair and blame every administration that has been in office since then for this safety issue.



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