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Piermont Pier Closed to Cars This Sunday

Residents can walk Ferry Road without being disturbed by drivers

Folks from Piermont, Nyack and beyond can walk the village's scenic pier this Sunday, Aug. 19 without being disturbed by motor vehicles.

Ferry Road, which stretches out into the Hudson, will be open only to pedestrians all-day Sunday, reopening to cars Monday morning.

The closure is one of several this summer that was arranged by

elizabeth August 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM
It's a shame they don't just do this all the time. The village should fight back on this one. Cars on the pier, with all those walkers and bikers, is an accident waiting to happen; not to mention the aesthetics and fumes.
Norman Wright August 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM
The shame is that people walking on the pier don't follow the posted rules of walking, as on all roads, facing oncoming traffic. This blatant disregard for posted rules is what makes the pier an "accident waiting to happen" not the fact that vehicles are there. As to fumes, the few cars that ventrue onto the pier cause as many fumes as the fisherman smoking his cigar or pipe.
Brendan M. Buckley August 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Norman does have a point about pedestrians following the rules, but the far more egregious rule-breaing is committed by the cars driving way too fast and often on their phones, etc. It works both ways. Same is trues for the cyclists on 9W, whose safety is always at risk from speedy, reckless drivers and their own disregard for the rules. The point that Elizabeth makes is pedestrian-centric and I happen to agree with her. First, why must someone drive to the end of the pier? Do they have any business down there? Perhaps they do, but can't they do without 2 days per week (or even just one?) where only walking is allowed on the pier? That seems to be a very reasonable compromise.
elizabeth August 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM
I don't understand why anybody, who is able-bodied, would want to drive on this bucolic nature preserve, when they could walk. You should try taking a walk this Sunday, Norman. You will discover natures pleasing sounds and smells. You may never want to drive again; in fact, you may become an environmental activist-who strives to rid the pier of unsightly, noisy, smelly cars!
Dennis August 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Closing the Pier to cars on a permanent basis would deprive seniors & veterans who are not able to walk the long distance their right to enjoy the Pier also. I urge the Village board to not extend any more days of closure to vehicles. Dennis W. Hardy-Former Mayor-Village of Piermont
Walt August 22, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Obviously those of you who are against cars on the pier do not fish. Carrying a rod and tackle box the length of the pier would be a burden to younger folk but would basically eliminate seniors from fishing. You'll be old and have limited mobility someday too.

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