Neighborhood Slow Zones, meant to reduce speeding and reckless driving on residential streets, was put into effect in several parts of Western Queens in the beginning of this month. On November 3, NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer announced the installation of three Neighborhood Slow Zones in Sunnyside and Woodside. He was joined by Queens’ Department of Transportation Commissioner Dalila Hall, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley, and elementary school students from P.S. 199.
“Here in the 26th District we are using every tool at our disposal to protect the lives of seniors, children and families,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “With the installation of these Neighborhood Slow Zones we will improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists who use our neighborhood streets every single day. Slow zones have a proven track record when it comes to lowering the incidents of death and serious injuries on our City’s streets. The implementation of these slow zones in Sunnyside and Woodside bring us closer to the day when Vision Zero becomes a reality.”
“On behalf of the NYC DOT, I am proud to stand alongside Council Member Van Bramer and the local community to officially kick off the Sunnyside Neighborhood Slow Zone, said Dalila Hall, NYC DOT Queens Borough Commissioner. “More gateway signs will follow this first set, along with markings and speed bumps. All together, they will help create even safer streets for New Yorkers of every age in this neighborhood, and especially for our seniors and school children.”
According to some recent studies, neighborhoods with slow zones installed experience a 14% reduction in crashes with injuries, 31% reduction in vehicle injuries, and a 15% reduction in a crash resulting in pedestrian death. These particular slow zones in Sunnyside and Woodside were selected based on their containing six neighborhood schools and daycare centers, among other things.
Drivers will be made aware of which neighborhoods are located in slow zones through high-visibility blue gateway signs, 20 mph speed limit signs, as well as speed bumps and 20 MPH street markings. Council Member Van Bramer has been responsible for installing several stop signs, speed bumps, pedestrian countdown clocks, traffic signals, and Neighborhood Slow Zones all throughout Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.
This initiative comes on the heels of a recent citywide speed limit instituted on November 7, calling for drivers to drive around local neighborhoods at 25 mph or less. While the speed limit for highways will remain unchanged, for larger streets that can accommodate faster speeds, the limit will be 30 mph.