Traffic Safety Working Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2014 the Town Board established the Traffic Safety Working Group to advise the Town Board for the following purposes:

  • Promote and encourage street and highway traffic safety.
  • Formulate street and highway safety  programs and coordinate efforts of interested parties and agencies  engaged  in  traffic  safety  education
  • Study traffic conditions on streets  and  highways,  study  and analyze  reports  of  accidents and causes thereof, and recommend to the appropriate legislative bodies, departments or commissions such changes as deemed advisable in rules, orders, regulations and physical changes to the roadway, signage and other components of the roadway system
  • Conduct meetings on a regular basis and invite to such meetings parties and  agencies,  public  and  private,  interested  in  traffic  regulation,  control  and safety
  • Promote safety education for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
  • Obtain and assemble motor vehicle accident data, and analyze, study and consolidate  such  data  to evaluate potential changes to the roadway system and for educational  and  informational  purposes
  • Coordinate and   direct   local   activities   related  to  the  implementation of the state highway safety program, as approved  by  the  governor or his designee
  • Make reports/recommendations to the Town Board as necessary.
  • Provide a sustained and systematic mechanism and clearing house for considering concerns about traffic safety.

 

Since its establishment, the TSWG has assisted the Board in taking actions in an effort to fulfill the objectives.   Many of the activities and actions have been reported and summarized on this page.   The Town has taken a number of actions on traffic, passenger and pedestrian safety in 2018, including the following:

  • Police Department Enforcement Actions – The Police Department has issued 3371 summonses for moving violations (including 511 commercial vehicle, 739 speeding, 467 Seatbelt, 152 Cell Phone/texting, 56 Stop sign violations, and 12 DWI arrests. January –November 2018).
  • Child Safety Seats– 81 Seats were installed and/or inspected
  • I-684 The Town Board has been working with our elected officials and with the Regional Office of the New York State Department of Transportation to secure the repaving of the concrete portion of I-684 running through Bedford.
  • Planned Reconfiguration of Intersection of Harris and Babbitt Roads the Town has applied to Westchester County for a Community Development Block Grant which would fund in part improvements to this intersection, which would be designed to improve safety exiting Babbitt Road onto Harris Road.
  • Variable Message Boards Upon recommendation of Police Chief Melvin Padilla the Town Board authorized the purchase of two additional variable message speed boards.   With the purchase, the Town now owns and deploys 10 variable message boards to announce events affecting traffic flows and to calm traffic.
  • Sidewalks To improve pedestrian safety, the Town installed new sidewalks along Valley Road between Cottage Place and New Street, and along Church Street near Babbitt Road. We also modified the sidewalk near  the Katonah Elementary School in order to install a new crosswalk.
  • Emergency Backup Power for Traffic Lights The Town Board has authorized in its Capital Plan the purchase of emergency backup power systems to automatically start in the event of a power outage which cuts the power for the traffic lights at the intersection of Route 35 and Route 22 and at Route 35 and I-684 overpass.
  • Pedestrian Activated Lights – Route 117 and Haines On petition from the Town, the NYS Department of Transportation has agreed to install pedestrian activated signaling for the cross walk near Haines Road over Route 117 in Bedford Hills.  This portion of the road is four lanes in width and poses pedestrian hazards.
  • Raised Cross Walk and Speed Humps – Cherry Street The Town replaced the crosswalk in front of 425 Cherry Street with a raised crosswalk and installed a speed table at Kelly Circle near the stop line and a speed table near Quicks Lane.
  • LED Light Conversion The Town is proceeding with the conversion of 571 street lights in NYSEG service area to LED lamps.  LED saves energy and reduces electricity costs.   It also provides more uniform lighting for greater safety for pedestrians and motorists, and has much less frequent equipment failures than the lighting which is being replaced.

 

 

Current Members
  • Maria Arena
  • Chris Burdick
  • Mary Cassidy
  • Andy Guich
  • Whitney Hill
  • Drew Marchiano
  • Mel Padilla
  • Jeff Osterman
  • Don Scott
  • Michael Weisburger
  • Kevin Winn
  • Geraldine Zikely

 

11.21.18 Cherry Street Speed Tables
Cherry Street Traffic Calming Recommendations
Cherry Street Speed Studies 2017-2018
1-31-18 Supervisor Notification re Cherry St 
Consultant’s Report 1-12-2018 
Supplemental Resolution Regarding Traffic Safety
Working Group
(10.3.17)
February 13, 2015, TSWG Letter of Recommendation

 

2019 Schedule of Meetings
Meetings are held at 3:45pm at 425 Cherry Street,
2nd Floor Conference Room

Dates subject to Change
2/21/19
4/18/19
6/20/19
8/13/19
10/17/19
12/19/19

Minutes

Meeting 091919
Meeting 6/20/19
Meeting 4/25/19
Meeting 10/19/17
Meeting  7/13/17
Meeting 10/20/16

Links

 

 

Update 4/20/17
1.  Update from DPW:
a.  Bedford Village Traffic Calming Measures Along Village Green – Kevin Winn gave an update. The design for the traffic calming measures has been approved. The existing crosswalk will be changed to a raised concrete block crosswalk that looks like brick. A speed hump is also set to be added near the church on the Route 172 side. Hahn Engineering drafted the design and presented it to the Bedford Village Historic District Review Commission. After some minor modifications, the plan was presented again to the commission and was approved. These measures are set to be implemented in summer 2017 and coincide with the paving in the Village Green area.
b. Haines Road/Bedford Road Crosswalk – Kevin Winn gave an update. NYS DOT has given its permission to place a rapid-flash beacon at the crosswalk. The beacon goes below the sign indicating the crosswalk. They are currently trying to secure funding.
c. Parkway/Katonah Avenue – Kevin Winn gave an update. The island on the east side of Parkway is slated to be extended out to create a “refuge island” in summer 2017. The northeast corner of the intersection has been changed to a parking spot. The parking spot idea has seemed to work better than the previous idea of placing flower baskets in the area. Don Scott reports that the spot is used frequently during the late morning and afternoon hours.
2.  Update from Police Department:
a.  Vehicle Weight Scales – Mel Padilla gave an update. A second set of scales has been acquired. There was a delay in the state certifying the scales; however, both sets are now ready to be deployed. One commercial vehicle detail has been scheduled each month between May and September. The officers will be checking for gross vehicle weight, in addition to other items such as uncovered loads and missing placards. The goal of these inspections is to reduce truck traffic in the hamlets and throughout the town. Don Scott brought up the local delivery only signs which are placed in certain locations in the town. Chief Padilla stated that the law, as written, is too ambiguous to enforce properly. Chris Burdick and Jeff Osterman will look at the previous research done on the signs and law and see if there are any improvements that can be made.
b. Speed Limit Enforcement on Route 172 – Mel Padilla gave an update. The last speed study was done in October 2016. This study found that the 85% of drivers were doing an average speed of 47 MPH on this stretch of road. Chief Padilla brought up that officers have mentioned that one side of the roadway is 35 MPH and the other side is 30 MPH. The same situation exists on Route 35. Kevin Winn said he would look into the signage and bring any inconsistencies to the attention of NYS DOT. A traffic study is currently being conducted now to see if there has been any abatement in speed in this area. Once the study is completed next week, the speed board will be deployed to this area as a short-term fix. A lengthy discussion followed regarding the feasibility of installing speed camera signs or actual speed cameras to deter speeding in the area. There were questions regarding the legality of doing so and Chris Burdick stated he would be able to gather more information on the topic. Don Scott mentioned that other municipalities such as Yonkers and New York City have successfully implemented cameras. He also mentioned that he would be including a question on the speed cameras on a survey he is planning to send to Katonah residents and would share the results.

Update 2/6/17
the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the Functional Classification changes for Cherry Street and Huntville Road in the Town of Bedford.  Both road classifications were changed from Minor Arterial to Major Urban Collector. Click here for the DOT Classification letter.  A brief description of Functional Classification and its purpose can be found at https://www.dot.ny.gov/gisapps/functional-class-maps.

Update 12/1/16
Following public hearings on measures to improve safety on Valley Road, Winding Lane and the challenging intersection of Bedford Road and Parkway, the Town Board adopted the following.  Valley Road and Winding Lane:   Residents had complained about parked vehicles on the shoulder impeding traffic flow.  Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn reported that a letter was sent to residents of Valley Road and Winding Lane regarding options ranging from no parking permitted at all to a four hour limit.  Valley Road residents favored a four hour limitation and Winding Lane residents favored no parking.  This change has been adopted and signage has been installed.  It should be noted that a resident who spoke at the public hearing stated that the limitations should cover more of Valley Road.  We will be considering these suggestions. Lawrence Circle/Parkway: The Town Board adopted the following: (1) replace yield signs with stop signs; (2) narrow down Parkway (northeast corner) with concrete planters on a trial basis (ensuring that the passage is wide enough for fire department apparatus); (3) trim the bushes at Lawrence Circle and other areas where line of sight is obstructed; (4) create a “refuge island” at the median on Parkway; and (5) increase length of the no parking zone closest to the crosswalk in front of the library.

Update 3/10/15
The Bedford Town Board at its March 5, 2015, meeting adopted certain recommendations of the Traffic Safety Working Group set forth in a February 13, 2015, Memorandum to the Town Board (posted below).  The Board authorized line striping on Cherry Street; request to the NYS Department of Transportation to change the functional classification of Cherry Street from a minor arterial to a collector street; placement of a portable speed indicator on Cherry Street for a two month test period; and consideration of a stop sign on Jay Street in the eastbound direction at Barrett Road.  It is anticipated that Cherry Street line striping would take place in April, speed data collection in May, placement of the portable speed indicator in May/June and follow up speed data collection in June.  The Town Board scheduled a public hearing for 8:15 PM on April 7 on the proposed stop sign.

Update 11/7/14
The Bedford Town Board will hold a public meeting on the recently completed Cherry Street Traffic Study on Tuesday November 18, 2014, at 7:00pm; at the Town House, 321 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills, New York. This study is a product of the Traffic Safety Working Group and meetings held throughout the Town.  The study focuses on safety improvements to Cherry Street at the intersections of Quick’s Lane and Valley Road and also discusses recommendations for the length of Cherry Street.  Copies of the study may be reviewed online: Traffic Study Report – Cherry Street  In addition, copies of the study are available at the office of the Town Clerk. Following this work session, the Town Board may take action on the recommendations at its regular November 18 meeting.

Update 10/24/14
We anticipate shortly the traffic study report for portions of Cherry Street which the Town Board authorized in August and to take into account the heavier post Labor Day traffic.  The next meeting of the TSWG will be scheduled shortly thereafter. If you are interested in the study or future meetings of the TSWG, please sign up for the Town’s e-mails.  If you have comments or suggestions for the TSWG, please let us know what you think by sending an e-mail to supervisor@bedfordny.gov.

June, 2014
Welcome to the Town of Bedford’s webpage devoted to the Traffic Safety Working Group.  For an explanation of the purpose of the TSWG, please see the document below titled “Traffic Safety Working Group Proposal – Adopted 6/17/14

The Town Board is pleased to announce the appointment of four residents to the TSWG: Michelle Brooks, Wendy Camerick, Andy Guich and Drew Marchiano. Michelle Brooks has extensive marketing experience, including an expertise in social media, and worked with the Town for placement of new safety signage in Stanwood.  A long time resident of Bedford Village, Wendy Camerik has her own communications company and has been active in the community. A lifelong resident of Katonah, Andy Guich is a retired FDNY firefighter, is a dispatcher for the Bedford Police Department and has served as translator in Spanish for several agencies.  Drew Marchiano, also a Katonah resident, is the retired Chief of Police of the Town of Lewisboro, served on Bedford’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.  The Board had a difficult decision in making the appointments as there were so many highly qualified individuals who expressed interest.  We thank them for their willingness to serve the Town in this important capacity and hope that they will stay involved.