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Letter: Bike Way To The Danger Zone

I’ve recently raised a concern on the Plainview Moms Facebook page about a dangerous pedestrian/bicycle crossing on Old Bethpage Road in Plainview. It tends to be one of the busier crossings for those using the newly redone Greenbelt Trail.

The crossing seems to have gotten worse once a “traffic control” was added. It was actually a safer crossing prior, because it was very clear that the onus was on pedestrians and cyclists to wait for an opening in the traffic.

Enter the vague crosswalk! A crosswalk was painted on the road several months back. There are even flashing light on either side of the road that can be tripped when a button is pressed. However, the yellow sign merely states “Trail Crossing.” The word “yield” or “stop” is not used. Pedestrians press the button for the lights and then proceed, assuming traffic will stop for them. However, it seems there is only a 50 percent chance this will happen.

Now the whole situation is vague at best — for both motorists and pedestrians. Many drivers seem confused as to how to treat these blinking lights. Slow down? Proceed with caution? I have also seen other motorists grow impatient with considerate drivers who do stop for cyclists.

I have seen so many near misses at the crossing, including my own son who was nearly hit right in front of me. I have seen school buses blow through this crossing, Town of Oyster Bay Garbage Trucks ... motorists are just not completely sure what they are supposed to do there. All the crossing does is give the formerly wary pedestrians a completely false sense of security. It is an accident waiting to happen. Those crossing signs really need to be bolder and should say “State Law Requires you to Stop when Pedestrians are on Crosswalk,” or even a regular “Stop” sign.

I recently woke up to news of a bicyclist killed in Melville and decided that I did not want to wait for that to happen here. We need to take action.

Laura Miller

News

The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.

The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.


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