It started as the Great Barricade and Jaywalking Controversy of 1998. In a public relations fiasco that is more a bad joke than a serious attempt at governance, the mayor OK'ed the barricading of twenty of the busiest crosswalks in the United States. Despite having been lambasted by the public, press, and most elected officials, the mayor and the NYPD have not given up the idea of penning in the pedestrians.
Queens Boulevard is one of the most hazardous streets for walking in NYC, with more than 50 pedestrian deaths since 1993. Cars tear down the ten-to-twelve lane boulevard and create a great divide that area residents cross at their own peril. To change this, the City must make a fundamental choice about Queens Boulevard: Continue putting traffic flow first and sacrificing pedestrians, or make the boulevard safe to cross by integrating it into the neighborhoods it divides.
Pedestrians and cyclists receive little in federal, state, and city transportation funding. Transportation Alternatives fights to make sure that bicycle and pedestrian safety projects receive their fair share.
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