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Bronxville Mayor Reports Measures To Improve School, Pedestrian Safety

Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin
Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin Photo Credit: L.Snedeker

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin writes a column that is republished by the Daily Voice.

Immediately following the upcoming winter break, the Bronxville school district, in cooperation with the village and the Police Department, will have off-duty police officers at the school's Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road entrances at morning drop-off and afternoon pickup times. The goal is to provide a much smoother traffic flow for school parents as well as drivers using these two routes.

The police presence will aid in the enforcement of vehicle and traffic laws that will contribute to the safety of all children near the school.

The officers will be in uniform and will direct fluid traffic flow and safe pedestrian passage. They will also observe other violations, including illegal texting and cellphone usage and jay walking.

Their presence will eliminate the double-parking on Pondfield Road as well as the standing on Midland Avenue from Masterton Road to the Pondfield Road intersection.

Police Chief Christopher Satriale discussed a host of safety issues with Bronxville School parents at the February elementary school council meeting.

Sidewalk maintenance

Homeowners are responsible for all sidewalks that abut their property, including snow removal and repavement to facilitate pedestrian passage.

Snow removal

The village recently purchased a truck attachment that allows the operator to propel the snow via a chute off the right of way. The result is a wider clean road surface area and increased sight lines as banks of snow will be eliminated.

Speed bumps

Speed bumps as a traffic-calming device are not designed for our narrow village streets. Virtually every speed bump you see is improperly installed. Speed bumps that meet legal standards must be marked with a series of signs leading up to the bump itself and then the bump and adjacent lines must be painted in neon road paint, unsightly at best.

After sustained observation, the police chief has determined they will not have the desired effect on our roads; rather, increased speed enforcement is the preferred solution.

Our most heavily traveled intersection, Pondfield and Midland, is currently under study by a traffic engineer hired by the village.

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