Patrick J. Watson
For Dutchess County Legislator District 8

We all need to share the road.

Pedestrian Safety Proposals

Walking in Parts of District 8

A walk to Route 9 in District 8 is within the range of many of it's residents. The actual path to Route 9 in many locations is challenging for adults, and certainly not designed for those with children.

As an avid walker, terrible jogger, and pedestrian I find parts of our district to be concerning for the non-motorist.

Wilbur Blvd. (from McCann to Spackenkill) and Beechwood Avenues are streets not marked for pedestrian or bike lanes. Beechwood in particular, with it's sharp bend and no sidewalks or bike paths, leaves the pedestrian in particular duress during his/her travel.

Parts of Spackenkill Road and Wilbur Blvd. need additional marked crosswalks (not Stop signs) to help residents and students cross busy traffic.

Proposed Improvements to the Walkway/Bike Path along Wilbur Boulevard in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie

Wilbur Boulevard is one of the more heavily traveled pedestrian roadways in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie.

The City of Poughkeepsie, working in conjunction with the Town, could allow for some improvements, which would add to the quality of life for all those that use it regularly for transportation or recreation.

Improvements may come from both private and public improvement dollars. The breakout follows for the crosswalks, seating and fitness trail.

The Proposed Improvements


Access to Wilbur walkway from Hooker to Ruppert is marked and safe with city sidewalks and a posted crosswalk. 

It is at Monell and Croft or Scott Terrace, where posted crosswalks and paved connector would provide safe/dry access to the walkway.


Benches will be built for the elderly/handicapped/people watchers. 

Locations will be by the ball fields, midway through the walkway by the golf course, as well as near the end of the path.