“For decades, McGuinness Boulevard has been a danger to drive, ride, walk and cross, ”said State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan. “Amid calls to address its more treacherous crossings and greater enforcement, curbside memorials have become commonplace.”
Stretching 1.1 miles from Freeman to Bayard streets, the new slow zone was created to curb dangerous speeding that has been responsible for four fatalities, including three pedestrians and one cyclist, between 2008 and 2013.
“I have long advocated for increased safety measures on McGuinness Boulevard, as it is one of the most notoriously dangerous roadways in my district accountable for countless traffic fatalities,” said Assemblyman Joe Lentol. “With North Brooklyn’s population surge, McGuinness Boulevard has increasingly more pedestrians and cyclists and we need to slow drivers down.”
The Arterial Slow Zone program lowers speed limits in dangerous arterials from 30 to 25 mph. It is one of 63 proposals included in the Vision Zero plan. Currently, arterial roadways account for 60 percent of traffic fatalities but only 15 percent of total mileage.
“Vision Zero is creating safer streets along the entire length of McGuinness Boulevard,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “Safety has been a long-standing community concern and the Arterial Slow Zone will help reduce dangerous driving, injuries and deaths.”
Even as Vision Zero is rolled out around the city, several specific components of the plan remain in development, as the city continues to field community requests and concerns concerning the state of traffic safety in New York City.
DOT will be hosting two Vision Zero workshops in Brooklyn this month. The first will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 24 at Plymouth Church, located at 75 Hicks St., followed by an April 29th meeting at Brooklyn College’s Student Center building, also at 6:30 p.m.