Neighborhood Streets Network: Northern Boulevard Danger Zone
Where pedestrians and traffic converge, pedestrian safety should come first. In January, an elderly woman crossing 71st St. and Northern Blvd. became the year's first casualty of NYC's dangerous streets. In response, T.A. joined Assemblymember Lafayette, Community Board 3, civic, school and senior groups in a call to take back Northern Blvd. from speeding traffic. Northern Blvd. is another example of the DOT's choice to put traffic flow before traffic safety. Northern Blvd. is a lively thoroughfare with shopping, residences, transit and schools. The DOT should do what it can to make it a more pedestrian- and neighborhood-friendly boulevard, not a highway. Some of its options include speed-cameras, more red light cameras, raised or widened medians and changes to the design of the street itself to give pedestrians more space and force cars to slow down.
If you know a local group that is fighting for safer streets, let us know. Send a note with the contact person, address, and phone number of the group you have in mind to Neighborhood Streets Network, Attention Ellen Cavanagh, 115 West 30th St. Suite 1207, New York, NY 10001, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.