For a 4.2-mile stretch of Northern Boulevard, between 40th Road in Astoria to 114th Street in Corona, the city has now implemented the Arterial Slow Zone initiative and reduced the speed limit to 25 mph.
Following news that corridors like Atlantic Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard in Brooklyn would see speed reductions, DOT announced eight other locations throughout the city for speed reduction, including portions of Jamaica Avenue, Queens Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard in Queens.
“I am pleased to bring the Arterial Slow Zone program to Northern Boulevard where long crosswalks and high speeds have been an unnecessary reality for too many Queens residents,” said DOT commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “With the announcement of 13 Arterial Slow Zone locations, communities in all five boroughs will soon enjoy safer corridors as part of this crucial Vision Zero initiative.”
Including more than 61 miles of city streets, which have seen 152 fatalities, the city’s Arterial Slow Zone program has expanded to 25 major corridors throughout the city. Northern Boulevard has seen five pedestrian fatalities along this particular stretch of road since 2008, according to DOT.
"These slow zones will save lives," said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. "Fighting these tragic and ultimately preventable deaths is a fundamental and moral obligation.”
Trottenburg explained that reduced speed limits would not only improve signal timing on heavily used corridors, but with the addition of enforcement from the NYPD it is also expected to play a large role in eliminating pedestrian fatalities.
NYPD Chief Thomas Chan assured that officers would continue to enforce speed violations.
“With proper enforcement, the Department of Transportation’s Arterial Slow Zones will improve pedestrian safety,” Chan said.