Community Library Committee Report

A. Site Access and Traffic Calming

Members: Alison Cornish, Alex Eames and Steve Hatfield

Introduction and Background

Since the start of the CLC’s work, there has been a energetic conversation on the subject of how people arrive at the existing library building, and, should a second site be included in the final plan, how best to provide a diversity of access to that site as well. Some of the topics have included designated parking, safety for pedestrians of all ages and abilities, opportunities for buses to stop and discharge passengers, access and facilities for bicyclists, and efficient and appropriate spaces for library deliveries.

As our deliberations evolved, and it became more clear that the second library site would most likely be located adjacent to Mashashimuet Park, a vision emerged of extending the sense of “village,” with both an aesthetic sensibility and actual design elements, to encompass Mashashimuet Park and second library building. The idea is to minimize the sense that the second building is understood as a “suburban” site while the existing building is a “village” site. Both are located in the incorporated village of Sag Harbor, and while the character of the area does change at the large intersection of Main Street, Jermain Avenue and Brick Kiln Road, there are design strategies such as altered traffic patterns, traffic calming methods, bike lanes, curbing and sidewalks that could knit the new site more closely to the village. We would characterize the ideas to investigate coming from the “smart growth” school of public planning and design, rather than the design concepts of “sprawl.”

Areas of study

Specifically, the Site Access and Traffic Calming Working Group sees the following opportunities:

  1. 201 Main Street site
    • Consider neck downs on Main Street that would narrow the width of the path of travel for vehicles, and thus slow their passage through this area. Special attention is needed to create improved sightlines for pulling out of Union Street, Garden Street and parking spaces.
    • Improved crosswalks, including crosswalks on side streets (Garden, Union and Jefferson) to emphasize that the area is heavily traveled by pedestrians.
    • Consider designated areas for a public bus stop as well as school and special event bus drop-off and/or parking.
    • Consider defining parking spaces on Main Street and adjoining streets.
    • Consider additional traffic pattern changes, such as those recently implemented on Jefferson Street that may yield more designated parking.
    • Plan new construction to include an area for shipping and receiving deliveries that does not block traffic.
    • Consider the possibility of limited on-site designated parking and/or drop-off areas.
    • Increase parking opportunities for those with disabilities.
    • Provide bike storage and stroller parking.
    • Continue conversations with representatives of the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, SPLIA and Sag Harbor Village to address traffic calming and site access issues as comprehensively and inclusively as possible for the “historic triangle.”
  2. 425 Main Street site
    • Include plans for public bus stop as well as school and special event bus drop-off and/or parking.
    • Plan new construction to include an area for shipping and receiving deliveries.
    • Provide parking for those with disabilities.
    • Provide bike storage and stroller parking.
    • Working with the Mashashimuet Park Board and Sag Harbor Village, consider changes to the Main Street-Jermain Avenue-Brick Kiln Road intersection that would improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and increase clarity for drivers. Also with the Park Board, consider changes to park owned land adjacent to Main Street that would improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and access to the library site, including a bike path, changes in “informal parking” and curbing, and sidewalks.

Finally, Ken Dorph has brought to our attention a specific NYS program, “Safe Routes to School.” In a very brief review of these materials, we found thoughtful strategies and ideas for encouraging children and youth to walk and ride bikes from home to school to public facilities such as libraries and parks. We recommend that the library be a conversation partner with the Sag Harbor School District in this effort to more comprehensively and thoughtfully link together the sites which children and youth are likely to travel. There are many resources on this topic, but this website gives a good overview of the program:


  1. Great ideas for traffic calming on both sites. These should be implemented at both places regardless of where the library ends up (personally, I think the library should stay where it is). The “historic triangle” would be a great thing for the village. Why not slow traffic to 10 miles per hour from the library to the beginning of town?

    Let’s implement this ASAP!!

    Comment by Jonas Hagen — September 2, 2006 @ 1:48 am | Reply

  2. Safe Routes to…the Library?

    My friend and fellow EETC and CAC (East End Transportation Council and Citizens Advisory Committee) member, Ken Dorph has been traveling hither and yon trying to stir up interest in a very fine program called Safe Routes to School, which is sponsored b…

    Trackback by Sag Hampton — September 6, 2006 @ 4:15 am | Reply

  3. Very informative post.Really thank you! Awesome. ececggbgegce

    Comment by Johnf740 — April 30, 2014 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

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