Mayor's Office

Shared Streets

To help Hudson businesses reopen safely and create space for safe physical distancing to prioritize the health of our community amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the City of Hudson has implemented a Shared Streets program for the duration of the summer.

Shared Streets Program Allows Pedestrians In the Streets

Hudson Shared Streets gives businesses on Warren Street the opportunity to expand activities to sidewalks and select parking spaces. Traffic is discouraged from Warren Street and slowed to 5 miles per hour to keep diners and shoppers safe in these spaces, and allow pedestrians to practice social distancing by walking in the road. The Shared Streets program allows people to be in the street, and drivers are expected to yield to them.

TIMING AND LOCATION

Starting Monday, August 24, Hudson Shared Streets will be returning to a weekend-only schedule. This change is in response to the data and feedback collected since the program began and in order to best support our business community and residents. 

Where: Warren Street, between Front and 7th Street
When: Fridays, 4pm to 10pm | Saturday and Sundays, 11am to 10pm

During these hours:

  • Whenever possible, please avoid driving on Warren Street
  • Traffic is slowed to 5MPH
  • Cars, bikes, and pedestrians share the roadway. Cars are expected to YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS.
  • Pedestrians are encouraged to maintain 6 feet between themselves and others on busy sidewalks by walking on the road. Please do so cautiously, with respect for drivers.
  • Vehicles and pedestrians must be responsible and yield to traffic signals at intersections
  • Drivers can access any address on Warren Street to park, make deliveries or pick-ups. 
  • Businesses are encouraged to arrange deliveries in the early mornings, or through the alleys during Shared Streets hours.
  • Public transportation runs on a regular schedule at 5MPH.

Outside of Shared Streets hours:

  • Warren Street maximum speed limit is 30MPH
  • Pedestrians must walk on the sidewalk and use demarcated crosswalks
  • Businesses that have sufficiently built out their parking spaces to provide a robust safety barrier, may continue to operate in parking spaces during their normal business hours throughout the week*
  • Businesses may continue to operate on the sidewalk

*For guidelines regarding occupation of parking spaces or to apply, please refer to the August 14 Emergency Proclomation, the Parking Space Permit Application, and the Build Out Recommendations for occupying the parking spaces outside of Shared Streets hours.

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APPLY FOR SPACES

Any business or organization located within the City of Hudson can apply for a permit to occupy on-street parking spaces. Applications are made to the Hudson Police Department directly. The Chief of Police will be the final arbiter of permits made, and shall have the discretion to reserve spaces for parking, delivery, persons with disability, and emergency vehicle access.

The Chief of Police will give preference to the business owner directly adjacent to the parking space, and work to place others in spaces that do not compete or conflict with nearby businesses. No new permits for food trucks, food carts, or other vendors will be issued while Shared Streets is in effect, and City Code prohibits vendors from selling a product within 100 feet of a store selling the same or a substantially similar product.

For detailed information regarding what is permissible, please see the Executive Proclamation dated August 14, 2020. Further updates to the proclamation may be made from time to time, please check back regularly. 


SIDEWALKS

Businesses are eligible to occupy a portion of the sidewalk in front of their business provided they maintain a 4-foot clear path for pedestrians at all times. Permits are not required for this use.

COSTS

The Shared Streets program is expected to reduce revenue to the City in the form of lost parking meter fees and ticketing (estimated to be $24 per meter per week). The City originally proposed this be offset by a fee for the use of public spaces. On July 13, the City accepted a generous grant from Mark and Deborah D’Arcy covering the fees for metered parking spaces. The permit fee for one on-street parking space per business has been waived. The fees for non-metered spaces have also been waived.

Businesses are responsible for all equipment they wish to use, including safety barriers to separate their seats from the roadway. The Tourism Board and Common Council approved a budget to provide public infrastructure, including the new Street Safety Planters at intersections, more permanent signage, sanitizing stations, and public restrooms. This infrastructure is being put into place throughout the month of July.

PARKING

All unoccupied spaces are available for parking and parking meters remain in effect. A total of 800 parking spots are also available in municipal and county-owned lots within the City, of which more than 200 spaces are within a 5-minute walk to Warren Street. View the parking map

RESPECT OUR WARREN STREET RESIDENTS

Participating businesses are responsible for complying with and enforcing the City’s noise and open container ordinances. The City’s noise ordinance prohibits any unreasonable noise between the hours of 10pm and 7am.
All businesses are responsible for containing trash and garbage within their spaces.

SUPPORT THE PROGRAM

Hudson Hall is seeking volunteers to water the Street Safety Planters and move them into place on weekdays at 4pm and weekends at 11am, and move them from the road at 10pm each night. If you are willing to help with either shifts, please sign up.

PUBLIC INPUT

Watch the Virtual Town Hall introducing Shared Streets, which took place on Thursday, June 11, 2020

View the Design Presentation

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Shared Streets advisory committee is made up of city stakeholders to solicit public input and advise the Mayor on future orders affecting the Shared Streets program.

Zachary Bayman has managed and developed boutique and luxury hotels. He is currently the CEO of The Maker Group, which owns and operates The Maker Hotel on Warren Street in Hudson.

Marianne Courville is co-owner of Hudson Wine Merchants (16 years) and The Hudson Standard (6 years). Courville has sat on the board of Hudson Hall for several years and volunteered as a yoga instructor for Perfect Ten and Daytop Village.

Christopher Draghi is a board member of the Hudson Business Coalition and co-owner of Source Adage Fragrances on Warren Street. Prior to moving to Hudson and opening a business, Draghi worked in art direction and branding design for hospitality, fashion, and textile brands.

Kristin Koskowski is a native of Hudson and has worked in the Human Services field for the last 20 years. At this time her main focus of work is with Children and families within Hudson and surrounding areas. Kristin studied Psychology with a focus on substance abuse after graduating from Hudson High School, while further earning several certifications in similar areas of expertise. Kristin volunteers in her community and sits on several committees, both professionally and personally in her home town and is an active member with St. Mary’s Church/Holy Trinity Parish.

Elizabeth Moore is a founding partner of The Gilded Owl, a design shop on Warren Street and the Director of Elizabeth Moore Fine Art, a private art gallery that functions out of her home at 105 Warren Street. Elizabeth has been a full-time resident of Hudson since 2007, and has been actively involved in the art, design, and business communities while serving on the Board of the Hudson Business Coalition. Together with her colleagues on the HBC, Elizabeth conceived of and brought to life the Hudson Design Weekend, a successful fundraising event that was well attended by the community and also attracted a wide range of artists, designers, architects, and retail shop owners.

Dena Moran moved to Columbia County as a full-time resident 20 years ago and opened Olde Hudson a year later. The store has grown from a small market, through four locations, to the current Market and Cafe. Her clients are full-time Hudson residents, weekend homeowners, and tourists.

Allyson Strafella lives and works in Hudson, NY, having a private studio practice alongside her home of 18 years.

Michael Weaver was born and raised in Hudson. He is a 20-year veteran of the volunteer fire service, past Captain and currently a Lieutenant with the Central Fire Station. He is founder of the Hudson NY Public Community Board.

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Please check back here or @HudsonSharedStreets on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

This program is a collaboration between the City of Hudson, Hudson Hall, and FUTURE HUDSON, with financial support from Columbia Economic Development Corporation, The Spark of Hudson, and Mark and Deborah D’Arcy, with technical support by Design for Six Feet.