Look Both Ways: Creating a School Zone

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For years, the Safe Routes to School Committee for Larchmont/Mamaroneck Schools has advocated making the Boston Post Road from Mamaroneck High School west to Hommocks Middle School a “School Zone,” where traffic would be required to slow down signifcantly from 7 am to 4 pm on school days.

Boston Post Road near MHS

But the Post Road is owned by the State. And that’s made this difficult.

“With three district schools nearby, hundreds of students and community members walk this area daily,” says Kim Larsen,  Chair of the Committee. “The Committee has had an ongoing concern about safety between Hommocks School and the Mamaroneck High School.”

Now,  Assemblyman George Latimer plans to submit legislation that would create a school zone there after the State Dept. of Transportation rejected a similar request from the Village of Mamaroneck. The Hommocks, it was felt, was too far off the Post Road to warrant a school zone designation.

Both the Town and Villages of Mamaroneck have now formally supported Latimer’s plan.

“I am seeing lots of cars around lunch time at the High School with traffic congestion causing a de facto ‘slow down’ but, since students get off for lunch at various times, along with free periods, there are often kids attempting to cross the Post Road in a rush,” said Mamaroneck Town Board member Ernie Odierna.

“There being so few drop-off/pick-up spots near the Hommocks causes many of the kids to cross the Post Road to meet their rides in the various shopping center parking lots on the Post Road.  Having vehicles making left turns out of these lots near the Gap, Stop & Shop and Trader Joe’s, causes additional hazards for kids and vehicles alike.”

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