100 Ideas for New Paltz

49. narrow north chestnut street/route 32

Posted in transportation by Jason West on June 11, 2009

Narrow Route 32 from downtown to where the speed limit hits 55. People drive exactly as fast as they feel safe driving; narrowing the street will slow down traffic better than the threat of speeding tickets. People will feel like they’re still driving fast, even at 30 miles per hour.


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  1. Steve Greenfield said, on July 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    A lot of people, including kids, use the wide shoulders as safe bicycling lanes. It’s illegal (and inherently unsafe) to ride bikes on sidewalks. How do you solve this?

  2. Dave Liepmann said, on April 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    We should explore a tree buffer and/or a bike lane in order to reallocate some “car” width into pedestrian/bike width. This would have the added benefit of encouraging other transportation modes as well as slowing traffic.

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