2015-09-09 / Front Page

Astoria Slow Zone

Councilmember Costa Constantinides and the city Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia have announced the implementation of a Neighborhood Slow Zone along more than 55 blocks in Astoria, from Astoria Boulevard to 30th Avenue (south) and Steinway Street to 21st Street (west). This new Neighborhood Slow Zone is an important effort that builds on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero goals for making Queens streets and others citywide safer for everyone, especially pedestrians.

DOT received support to implement this slower, safer speed zone following a vote of support from Queens’s Community Board 1. DOT is now installing 14 speed humps, 20 gateway intersection treatments and 20 MPH pavement markings this week and throughout September.

“I am proud to kickoff our first Neighborhood Slow Zone in Astoria. I have heard many concerns from residents about cars often speeding through these residential blocks. There have been dozens of injuries due to traffic crashes in this area since 2009. The slow zone safety measures will greatly improve traffic safety. With new speed humps and increased signage, pedestrians will have an easier time navigating and crossing our streets. Families living along these streets deserve peace of mind, and I believe that this plan strikes the appropriate balance between the needs of the residential side streets and those of the adjacent commercial thoroughfares, which will not be included in the slow zone. I thank the DOT for their hard work on this issue and look forward to seeing the full Neighborhood Slow Zone completed,” Constantinides said.

Neighborhood Slow Zones are an application based program in which neighborhoods from across the city are selected to have their speed limits reduced to 20 MPH. Slow zones use a combination of gateways, 20 MPH markings, and speed humps to calm traffic and boost safety in residential areas. For Neighborhood Slow Zones which have already been analyzed, DOT has found up to a 15 percent reduction in speeds, 10 percent decline in crashes with injuries, and a 27 percent reduction in motor vehicle occupant injuries.

“I am pleased to join Council Member Constantinides for the kickoff of Astoria’s Neighborhood Slow Zone,” said Garcia. “The new speed humps, signs and soon-to-be-installed upgraded crosswalks and markings will help tie together this important 20 MPH safety zone to create safer streets for everyone, especially our students and seniors.”

The Neighborhood Slow Zone in Astoria will be DOT’s eighth slow zone in Queens. These efforts in the World’s Borough come as the implementation of key components in the City's Vision Zero efforts continue along corridors citywide.

For more information on DOT’s Neighborhood Slow Zones efforts, please visit nyc.gov/dot and nyc.gov/visionzero.

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