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DeBlasio Announces NYC Has Safest Streets Ever In 2015

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

Mayor Bill de Blasio makes announcement at Queens school in Woodside that 2015 was officially the safest year ever on the streets of New York City. The Joining the Mayor for this major announcement of the improvement of street safety throughout the City were, Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trattenberg, Congressman Joseph Crowley, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez.
 
Mayor Bill de Blasio makes announcement at Queens school in Woodside that 2015 was officially the safest year ever on the streets of New York City. The Joining the Mayor for this major announcement of the improvement of street safety throughout the City were, Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trattenberg, Congressman Joseph Crowley, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez. On January 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Woodside Queens to make a major announcement about improvement in safety on New York City Streets.

The Mayor arrived in Woodside with Department of Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and along with City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Senator Michael Gianaris was given a tour of the new safety driven bicycle lanes along Queens Blvd between 54th Street and 55th Street in Woodside.

During the press conference hosted by The Rozi School, in Woodside where DOT statistics Poster showing new safety bike lanes along Queens Blvd in Woodside.
Poster showing new safety bike lanes along Queens Blvd in Woodside. show a decrease in the number of vehicular accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists Mayor de Blasio announced that his Vision Zero initiative is working and has had a significant positive effect on street safety.

“We are serious about saving lives. Vision Zero is working. Today there are children and grandparents who we might have lost, but who are instead coming home safe and sound, because of these efforts,” said Mayor de Blasio.

Mayor de Blasio reported traffic deaths were down by 22 percent (66 fewer lives lost) since 2013, before Visio Zero was launched. The Mayor’s office chose the Queens Blvd location because the significant redesign and safety improvements there have been recognized with the Queens Blvd bike lane rates as the third safest in the nations. Most importantly no deaths were reported along this Queens Blvd route in 2015. This statistic energized the Mayor to announce that “Queens Blvd is no longer the Blvd of death.”

Mayor de Blasio, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg are joined by State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for a walking tour of new safety bike lanes along Queens Blvd. in Woodside.
Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESMayor de Blasio, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg are joined by State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for a walking tour of new safety bike lanes along Queens Blvd. in Woodside. Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESMayor de Blasio also announced that he has approved $115 million  in new capital funds to build on the progress of Vision Zero, including $59.4 million for Safe Routes to Schools at 37 schools around the city; $29.6 million for area-wide improvements in Long Island City; $4.1 million in additional funds for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway project, and $22 million for projects on Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn, 25th Street Plaza in Manhattan, Allen and Pike Street Pedestrian Malls in Manhattan and Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Since left turns account for almost 30 percent of fatal and serious pedestrian injuries the City will undertake a 100-intersection pilot program to test safer left turn designs. IF these pilot designs are successful they will be initiated throughout the city.

Joining Mayor DeBlasio for this major announcement of the improvement of street safety Photo Walter KarlingPhoto Walter Karlingthroughout the City were, Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trattenberg, Congressman Joseph Crowley, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez.

Lizzy Rahman a resident of Woodside spoke about the death of her 22 year old son, Asif, who lost his life eight years ago in February, while riding his bicycle on Queens Blvd near 55th Road when he was struck down by a hit and run driver. Lizzy has been a driving force for bike lanes on Queens Blvd since the death of her son. She thanked Mayor de Blasio for making her dream come true.

Other safety improvements planned for 2016 include safer bicycle routes, targeted NYPD Photo Walter KarlingPhoto Walter Karlingenforcement to protect seniors, increased use of speed enforcement cameras and early education including a new curriculum designed for 4th to 6th graders beginning in 2016-2017 school year.

“The de Blasio administration is proving every day so that it can hang its hat on making our streets safer,” said Council Member Adonis Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the Transportation Committee.


 


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