Sunnyside to receive two 'slow zones'
by Andrew Pavia
Nov 14, 2013 | 981 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an effort to reduce traffic fatalities, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved two slow zones for Sunnyside that will take effect in 2015.

The new zones will include Sunnyside Gardens, as well most of 36th Street to 51st Street between Queens Boulevard and 51st Avenue.

A slow zone reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph, and additional signage, markings and speed bumps to calm traffic.

According to DOT, the Sunnyside Gardens slow zone will look to reduce the average of 31 average injuries annually, while the slow zone south of Queens Boulevard will look to improve on the average of 39 injuries per year.

“By installing these two slow zones in western Queens, we will have tremendous impact on improving the safety of pedestrians who walk along heavily trafficked corridors in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “Slow zones have a proven track record throughout New York City.”

The two slow zones combined will include six schools and three pre-K or day care centers.

The DOT is working on slow zone initiative in 15 neighborhoods throughout the city.

“Speeding is the single greatest contributing factor in traffic fatalities in our city,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Slow zones have shown proven results in curbing dangerous driving, and we want more neighborhoods to benefit from our program.”

Over the last six years, DOT has found a 10 percent reduction in speeding in neighborhoods with slow zones. In some areas, pedestrian casualties have fallen by more than 40 percent.

“Speeding played a role in 81 traffic deaths in New York City just last year and more and more communities across the five boroughs are demanding that traffic along neighborhood streets return to the speed of life,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

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