The city Department of Transportation approved a slow zone proposal for Auburndale that will lower the allowed speed of vehicles in the neighborhood after residents petitioned the agency to do it.
The zone will border Northern Boulevard on the south, Francis Lewis Boulevard on the west, 35th avenue on the north, and the Clearview Expressway on the east, according to the Auburndale Improvement Association. The speed limit in the area will be reduced from 30 to 25 miles per hour.
Henry Euler, vice president of the Auburndale Improvement Association and a Community Board 11 member, said speed humps and signs will be installed to slow down traffic.
“We are very pleased the proposal was successful,” said Euler. “A lot of residents were happy to hear the speed will be lowered in the area so it will be safer for children. The viewpoint of the community is positive, and the ones we have spoken to or people in the civic group are pleased.”
According to Euler, board members had heard about a petition circulating in the neighborhood about cars going too fast in the street. They decided to make an application and submit the slow zone, which is to be completed by the summer.
“I think residents chose this area because it is a cut-through in the neighborhood for Francis Lewis Boulevard, and they wanted boundaries,” said Euler.
Residential streets within boundaries of the slow zone will have speed humps and signage. The DOT has yet to decide where exactly the humps will be, because some people won’t approve of them being placed in front of their homes, which may cause noise when cars drive by.
But community board member Frank Skala opposes the plan, saying it’s a waste of time and money.
“It’s an absolute absurdity, hoax, and a joke,” said Skala. “The more laws you make, no one will pay attention to it. Here we have all kinds of rules and regulations put into effect that nobody follows.”
According to Skala, people in the area already have more than enough signs that are confusing. If a campaign was created to stop and arrest every driver who goes past the speed limit, then maybe it might have an effect, he added.
“I’ve watched people on local streets and they go 50 miles per hour going down to the boulevard and nobody stops them,” said Skala.
Terri Pouymari, president of the Auburndale Improvement Association, agrees that speeding is common but hopes the slow zone it will improve quality of life in the neighborhood.
“We are hoping it will slow down traffic and make people more mindful of the residents in the area, such as pedestrians and children,” said Pouymari. “It will provide a safer environment for the community.”