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Offline toddg

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Yet another pedestrian killed on Northern Blvd.
« on: September 10, 2018, 09:09:11 PM »
Yet another fatality on Northern Blvd.   This time it was a 70-year-old man struck on Northern Blvd. and 108th Street. 

Over the past 12 months, in our area alone, there have been five pedestrians killed on Northern Blvd.
  • Jose Gomez, 71, killed September 13, 2017 on Northern Blvd. near 85th St.
  • Myriam Nino, 82, struck on January 5, 2018 at Northern Blvd. and 90th Street in Jackson Heights, died on January 20th
  • Giovanni Ampuero, 9, killed on April 28, 2018 on 70th Street and Northern Boulevard
  • Carlos Gavilanes, 47, killed on May 21, 2018 on Northern Boulevard between 100th and 101st Streets
  • Unidentified male, 70, killed on September 9, 2018 on Northenr Boulevard and 108th Street

Please read this important article in Streetsblog about the need for substantial changes on Northern Blvd to make it safer for everyone.

Currently, Jimmy Van Bramer is leading the charge for safety improvements on Northern Boulevard.  In the past, Daniel Dromm has also been a leader on this issue (and was responsible for many of the improvements that have already been put into place).  I hope he starts to speak out on this topic again soon. 

Jose Peralta, to his credit, has been a leader in Albany on efforts to pass legislation to pass legislation for traffic safety enforcement cameras. 

Don't be confused by the distractions being advanced by our other elected officials to hide their inaction.  Michael Den Dekker reliably shows up at press events when somebody is killed to advocate crossing guards or changes to traffic signals or repainting the crosswalks.  But he's silent on efforts strengthen or enforce our traffic laws to reduce reckless driving.

Francisco Moya also often shows up at press events to tout empty gestures on these issues.  But in his previous position as a state legislator, Francisco Moya was a consistent opponent of efforts to improve street safety.  Now that he is on the City Council, hopefully he will turn over a new leaf and encourage NYCDOT and NYPD to design streets for safety and enforce our traffic laws.

If you care about street safety and the quality of life in our neighborhood, please ask your elected officials and candidates for office to support a comprehensive safety redesign of Northern Boulevard, including measures to provide pedestrians with shorter crossing distances.  Please also ask them to support real traffic enforcement measures that penalize reckless drivers, and measures to bring New York State's backwards pedestrian right-of-way laws in line with other states. 

Offline ShinjukuBaby

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Re: Yet another pedestrian killed on Northern Blvd.
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 08:02:18 PM »
Couldn't agree more!  How many people have to die before something is done?

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Re: Yet another pedestrian killed on Northern Blvd.
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2018, 10:07:02 AM »
Thanks, ToddG

Action Required! #FixNorthern
Good morning, Queens bike and pedestrian advocacy is lucky to have a coalition of groups who address street safety, infrastructure, education and transportation from different angles and in different neighborhoods. We are all coming together to ask for a comprehensive plan to #fixNorthern boulevard. The death rate is astounding and we face delays and distractions based on the fact that the boulevard cuts through many community boards and district lines of elected officials, whose priorities and agenda's to not often synch up on the complete street redesign we need now.

This petition, being automatically sent to the mayor and elected officials is a small step towards getting resources to this boulevard it's entire distance. Please sign this petition and share it broadly. There are 9 schools along the corridor from LIC to Flushing, whose student body exceeds 12,000. If you're part of a school group, we encourage your PTA to get involved. Please write me.

In the coming weeks, our coalition will create guidelines and actions in support of a comprehensive study to fix this #newboulevardofdeath

Offline 80JHer

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Re: Yet another pedestrian killed on Northern Blvd.
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 01:00:52 PM »
sad, i dont know the answer. just an observation from someone that walk wih young children but also ocaasinaly drives....

 in my opinion, these randamly delayed red lighs that seem to be done hapazardly are a major issue and in some cases a part of the problem.  i undersatnd the orginal intenent, to give pedestrians a chance to cross the road.  but now, there is no unifomity.  some lights have it, some dont.   so as a result...

1)the timing of the light from point "a" to point "b" are all off.  so a driver is rewarded for gunning down the road to make the light, that previously was easy to make at approriate speed.  it has killed the flow of traffic around the nieghboorhood. 

2) pedstirans know they can walk even after the light changes and they get the "red hand".   they know they have another 5-15 seconds, so they spill into the crosswalk.   problem is as i said its done so hapazardly, so we still have plenty of streets with normal lights.  so now you have a situitation, where a pedsestrain has been trained to think they have more time, but they dont.  ligh is green right away.   

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Re: Yet another pedestrian killed on Northern Blvd.
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 01:00:52 PM »