Author Topic: Petition started for "compromise" on 34th Ave Open Streets  (Read 383 times)

Offline JHResident

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This past week, the City Council approved making the Open Streets program permanent. Since the mayor suggested this originally, I think it's safe to predict he will sign this. Streetsblog is reporting on a petition to compromise on creating a permanent green space on 34th Ave. The "compromise" is long on promise but short on details. Everyone will get everything, but it doesn't appear obvious to me who will make these things happen. The article is at https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2021/05/03/the-compromise-new-open-streets-group-seeks-linear-park-for-jackson-heights and the petition is at  https://www.34avelinearpark.com/
The article quotes a supporter who says that tens of thousands of people use the open street each day. If that is not an exaggeration, then by all means support the petition! I haven't seen any real count of how many different people use 34th Ave, but if there is one please post a link so I can educate myself.

Whatever happens, someone has to prevent delivery scooters and electric bicycles from using this street when other vehicular traffic is prohibited. They rarely follow posted speed limits, often ignore traffic signals, and don't seem to understand that this is supposed to be a pedestrian pathway, not a short cut set up for their convenience.

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Re: Petition started for "compromise" on 34th Ave Open Streets
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 07:57:41 AM »
  I think this summers activities and the actual use of 34th Ave will play a big role in how the final decisions are made about permanence. We need to see what the electric vehicles situation is, large group cyclists moving through en masse and ultimately, in the fall, when we have a closer to normal situation we will see if commuter and local small business traffic can withstand this closure for this times that are currently in use. Things could change a lot once we see how the summer goes.

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Re: Petition started for "compromise" on 34th Ave Open Streets
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 07:57:41 AM »