ACCESS TO SOUTH COUNTY BIKE PATH NEEDED FROM DOWNTOWN ARDSLEY
GRAFFITI BUSTERS NEEDED TO REMOVE GRAFFITI FROM SOUTH COUNTY BIKE TRAIL
PHOTOS ATTACHED OF SOME OF THE GRAFFITI SEEN ALONG THE COUNTY PATH
I was bicycling on the South County bike path on Friday. Had to access the bike path from Lawrence Street, which is the street many motorists will be using to get to Rivertowns Square in Dobbs Ferry--the major new shopping center which will have stores, lodging, restaurants. There is no access to the bike path from downtown Ardsley.
This is dangerous! There is significant traffic on Saw Mill River Road now. It's going to get worst after Rivertowns Square opens up. Currently, to get to the South County trail by bicycle residents who live near Ardsley need to cycle up the narrow and very busy Saw Mill River Road. This road doesn't have sidewalks and is an extremely dangerous road for cyclists to bike on. I personally believe that Saw Mill River Road south of Ardsley needs to be widened and that a sidewalk should be built on the entire on the road.
When Westchester County builds the new Ashford Ave bridge they should also create access from downtown Ardsley to the South County trail. This suggestion, if implemented, will keep cyclists off the dangerous Lawrence Street and Saw Mill River Roads and will make getting on and off the path safer.
GRAFFITI ON SOUTH COUNTY TRAIL GIVES CYCLISTS A POOR IMPRESSION OF THE COUNTY
On November 27th I bicycled on the South County bike path and was very upset to see all the graffiti--especially from the Executive Blvd section to the Yonkers/Bronx line. I am enclosing three photo's --representing some of the graffiti that I saw on bridges, trees, rocks along the path. The path is beautiful. The graffiti is a county wide embarrassment.
Obviously, the graffiti leaves cyclists with a poor impression of the county. It's a reminder of the graffiti on the NYC subways when NYC was in decline.
I have written to the county in the past requesting that graffiti on the South County bike path be removed. In the past the county has been responsive. However, graffiti vandals come right back and deface property again and again.
I have a suggestion. The county should form a citizens group of graffiti busters. These volunteers should conduct periodic inspectors and be trained and authorized to remove the graffiti or to cover it up with paint. All the county would have to do is supply the volunteers with graffi remover and ask for an accounting of the work that is done. It won't be very expensive but will make a very positive experience for cyclists and walkers/runners who enjoy the path.