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Scotts Corners Merchants Make Room For Cyclists In Pound Ridge

Dozens of bicyclists roll into Pound Ridge and Scotts Corners on the weekends and merchants say it's good for business but agree it could be dangerous.
Dozens of bicyclists roll into Pound Ridge and Scotts Corners on the weekends and merchants say it's good for business but agree it could be dangerous. Photo Credit: Courtesy Louis Fusco

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- While weekend shoppers can sometimes fill the streets of Scotts Corners, the section of Pound Ridge changes when scores of road bikes roll through the area.

"It's definitely more congested," said Robert Suda, who works at "Antiques and Tools. "Depending on the attitude of the people on the bikes, they sometimes want to dominate the road and not get out of the way. Plus, they don't always go single file and that can be irritating." Scotts Corners sometimes appears to be a bike depot on the weekends with large groups coming through town via New Canaan, Bedford, and North Stamford. James Rossi, who works at Chubby's hardware store, says drivers have to be a little extra cautious with so many bicycles coming from all different directions. "It's kind of hard to see some of the bikers when they come up Trinity Pass and turn onto the main part of the street," said Rossi. "There are a few blind spots that can make it tough, especially when they are traveling so fast." Several business owners don't seem to mind the increased traffic on the weekends. Scotts Corners is a resting stop for many of the cyclists who have already spent a great deal of time pumping their pedals. "It's good for us," said  Alex Castellanos, manager of the Sunoco gas station on the corner of Trinity Pass and Westchester Avenue. "They buy drinks, energy bars, candies, stuff like that." Added Steven Cilffi, manager of Pinnochio Pizza. "It helps business a little bit. They stop in for a slice here and there, but buy a lot of drinks." Karl Alexander of Bedford says he rides through Scotts Corners on his way to New Canaan and back and understands things can sometimes get a little dicey on busy days. "It's tough sometimes," said Alexander. "Cars are pulling out from where they are parked on the street and from the stores, so you have to stay alert for that. Sometimes a lot of people are just crossing the street which can create some problems. But I think just as long as your respectful of one another, things will take care of themselves."

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