To help our city re-open for business and stay safe, the Hudson Shared Summer Streets Program is going to make street space available to businesses, residents, and local organizations in new ways.
Hudson held a trial weekend from Friday, June 26 - Sunday, June 28. After an evaluation of that weekend, including reviewing a survey of business owners, residents and visitors, the program will continue, with amended conditions.
“Shared Streets”, “Open Streets” or “Slow Streets” have been quickly implemented all over the country allowing people to share the street and provide additional space for physical distancing. The roadway space is shared by people walking, biking, and driving at low speeds. These programs generally allow people walking and biking in both directions to use the road, and people driving are expected to yield to them. Local Access Only and Shared Street signs are posted at key cross streets to discourage through traffic, but the street remains open for residents of the street, emergency vehicles, deliveries and short-term pick-up. Signs and barriers are intended to be easily understood by all users, with no additional police presence required.
EXPANDED BUSINESS AREA
Businesses or organizations wishing to expand, can apply for a permit to occupy on-street parking spaces. There is no application fee through July 13. Applications will be available throughout the program, and application site plans may be amended.
These areas will be the responsibility of permitted businesses 24/7 for the duration of the program as defined by the executive order.
This includes maintaining waste receptacles on their property and directing patrons to use them, and for securing all tables, chairs, umbrellas and any other equipment used in the parking lot or sidewalk areas. Participating businesses are permitted to use generators limited to inverter type with a maximum capacity of 3500W and must not exceed a noise level of 60dB.
Who can apply for space?
Any Hudson business or organization can apply for a space. Spaces will be assigned on a case-by-case basis and are limited.
Property owners not wishing to use the space in front of their property may not preclude another person from seeking a permit for the space. If a business or property owner believes it is important to maintain an available space for customer convenience or for access to persons with disabilities, the property owner should make their concerns known to the Chief of Police who will take that information into consideration when deciding where to allocate permits. Hudson Hall can help coordinate and resolve any disputes.
What is required to apply for a space?
Any business wishing to participate must provide a site plan, a hold-harmless indemnity to the City and provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Hudson as an additional insured on the applicant’s general liability policy in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate.
For all businesses wishing to serve alcohol in the designated parking area, the business shall also provide a certificate of insurance naming the City as an additional insured on their Liquor Legal Liability insurance.
What about Metered Parking?
All parking spaces that are not occupied as described above will remain metered parking spaces. A preliminary survey of Warren Street showed that a minimum of between 5-10 spaces per block will remain metered parking. The actual number will be monitored and the program adjusted accordingly.
What about the Sidewalk?
Businesses are eligible to occupy a portion of the sidewalk in front of their business provided they maintain a 4-foot clear path at all times. Permits are not required for this use.
DRIVING ON SHARED STREETS
Starting July 3
Monday to Friday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Warren Street between 7th and Front Streets will be open to pedestrians, and local traffic only at a 5mph speed limit. Drivers will still be able to access any address on these streets to park, make deliveries or pick ups. And, public transportation will continue on their regular schedule at 5mph.
Businesses are encouraged to arrange deliveries in the early mornings or through the alleys during these times. Physical barriers and signage will deter through traffic. These barriers will narrow passage into each block on Warren in order to slow vehicles down. Additional signs will be placed midblock to remind drivers to yield to pedestrians. All barriers will be moved aside every evening at sunset and set up again the next morning..
Where will people park?
Metered parking will continue in spaces not occupied by the permitting process. In addition, signage and brochures/maps will direct visitors to nearby parking lots. A total of 800 parking spots are available in municipal and county-owned lots. Approximately one-third of them are within a 5-minute walk to Warren Street. We encourage everyone to help share this information widely so people take advantage of all available parking spaces.
RESPECT OUR WARREN STREET RESIDENTS
Participating businesses are responsible for complying with and enforcing the City’s noise ordinance.
For this program to be a success, we will all have to work together. The City’s noise ordinance prohibits any unreasonable noise between the hours of 10pm and 7am. The ordinance defines an unreasonable noise as any noise higher than 55 decibels. For comparison, 60 decibels is the sound level of a conversation in a restaurant. A garbage disposal is 80 decibels and a rock concert is 110.
BE A PART OF SHARED SUMMER STREETS
When will this happen?
On June 26 to June 28, the city will do a trial weekend. If feedback during and after this trial weekend is positive, the Executive Order can be extended for a period to be determined. We fully expect the beginning to be hard work, and get better as we refine it and respond to what works and what doesn’t during this trial period and throughout the month of July. The hope is to extend Shared Summer Streets through October.
Why wasn’t there more public input?
This is an extraordinary moment in time. Hudson is joining cities around the world, big and small, in experimenting with its streets. These changes in traffic patterns and the use of public streets often take months and years of planning. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the Phased reopening of New York, we don’t have that much time. We will rely on constructive feedback to improve and adapt over the next weeks and months. Check back after the trial weekend of June 26 to June 28 here to participate in a survey about the impact Shared Summer Streets has had on you.
How can I help?
Shared Summer Streets needs volunteers, sign up here!
We will need people to help us measure the impact by counting traffic and help people learn and understand the program by spreading the word. If you are interested, please let us know!
Who pays for all of this?
The tourism board and Common Council have approved a budget request to provide public infrastructure including barriers, signage, and public restrooms. Hudson Hall will assist the City in managing the gradual improvement and spending for improved barriers, signage, public restrooms and tables over the course of the summer based on responses and evaluation. Businesses who expand into sidewalks and parking spaces will be responsible for all equipment they wish to use including safety barriers to separate their seats from the roadway.
EMERGENCY ORDER 23 and 26View the Emergency Order that establishes the Shared Summer Streets Program.
This program is a collaboration between the City of Hudson, Hudson Hall, and FUTURE HUDSON, with financial support from Columbia Economic Development Corporation and The Spark of Hudson, and technical support by Design for Six Feet.
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This program is a collaboration between the City of Hudson, Hudson Hall, and FUTURE HUDSON, with financial support from Columbia Economic Development Corporation and The Spark of Hudson, and technical support by Design for Six Feet. Town Hall technical support and video streaming services provided by Martin Audio Video Services.