Queens hosts Vision Zero town hall meeting
by Jess Berry
Apr 16, 2014 | 697 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A town hall meeting on the Mayor’s Vision Zero pedestrian safety plan will be hosted on April 23 to allow local residents to contribute to the discussion of road safety in Queens.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at La Guardia Community College and is co-hosted by the New York City Council, Borough President Melinda Katz and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Mayor Bill de Blasio started the Vision Zero initiative with the goal of ending traffic deaths and injuries on New York City Streets. In February, his administration released a report with 63 proposals for how to achieve this end.

“By asking members of the community for their ideas about how the streets in their neighborhoods can be made safer, Vision Zero can utilize local knowledge to successfully reduce traffic-related deaths,” Katz said. “I anticipate a productive dialogue on this plan.”

Katz has reached out to community boards to find out the top five street corners in Queens that people have called in and complained about.

“I always found that the community boards and the police clearly can tell us which corners are going to be prime for accidents,” she said. “I think at this meeting we want to talk about that and figure out how we bring those concerns to the administration.”

Meetings exactly like the one at La Guardia Community College will be hosted in all of the boroughs. The point of these meetings, as outlined by DOT, is to allow the public to learn more about Vision Zero, provide feedback about neighborhood conditions and give their input on the prioritization of street safety initiatives.

“Making Vision Zero a reality means more than just engineering, education and enforcement: it’s a collaborative effort that will require every New Yorker to play their part,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said. “These workshops are an open call for all citizens looking to shape the future of their neighborhoods. Building on a city’s worth of local insight, they will lay the groundwork for streets that work better for everyone.”

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