The Department of Transportation announced 14 new arterial slow zones will be implemented throughout the city over the coming months, including two Queens roadways.
The speed limit will be reduced by 5 mph along a 5.8-mile stretch of Roosevelt Avenue, from Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to 154th Street in Flushing, starting in September.
In December, the speed limit of nearly the entire length of Metropolitan Avenue in Queens, from Onderdonk Avenue on the Brooklyn-Queens border to 132nd Street in Richmond Hill, a total of 5.6 miles, will be cut by 5 mph as well.
There were five fatalities on that stretch of Roosevelt Avenue from 2008 to 2012, while six people were killed on that length of Metropolitan Avenue during the same time period.
“As one of the 63 initiatives as part of Vision Zero, Arterial Slow Zones expands the combined efforts of DOT and its partners to prevent traffic fatalities and improve safety on New York City streets,” the DOT said in a press release. “The speed limit at all Slow Zones will be lowered by 5 mph and new distinctive signs and increased enforcement by the NYPD will make for safer streets in New York.
“Citywide,” the release continued, “arterials like these make up only 15 percent of total mileage but have accounted for some 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities.”
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) supports the alterations of the dangerous streets.
“This latest phase of the Arterial Slow Zone program will go a long way toward making Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s major roadways, safer for all who use it,” Crowley said. “This is the type of sustained effort that is needed if we are serious about reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities on our streets.”
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) agreed with Crowley, saying the slow zones will go a long way in preventing crashes and fatalities.
“Tackling the epidemic of speeding along our city’s heavily trafficked commercial corridors will have a dramatic impact on the amount of traffic fatalities and serious injuries our city experiences every year.”