#FixNorthernBlvd - The New Boulevard of Death

#FixNorthernBlvd — from Queens Plaza to the Long Island border.

For years, Queens Boulevard was known as the "Boulevard of Death". But thanks to comprehensive safety improvements, no pedestrians or cyclists have died on redesigned portions of the boulevard since.

Now on Northern Boulevard's fourth pedestrian fatality in 2018 alone, there has never been a more urgent moment to take the lessons we learned from Queens Boulevard to fix the #NewBoulevardOfDeath. Please sign the petition.

Northern Boulevard is optimized for the convenience of drivers and automobiles. Between the cars speeding, auto dealers using the sidewalk to showcase their inventory, slow buses, and oversized trucks using the street illegally, Northern Boulevard is more of a highway than a residential street. It is a barrier, dividing our residents between both sides and poses a safety threat for those who live, work, and shop in the area. Our children, our most vulnerable, who cross it daily to reach schools and playgrounds have suffered the greatest.

On April 28, 2018, a reckless driver killed nine year old Giovanni Ampuero in his right of way as he crossed the street, in a crosswalk, with his mother. Giovanni was the sixth young child to be killed on Northern Boulevard since 2013. Please sign the petition.

Overall, the statistics are even more staggering: 18 people have been killed in the last five years, including 16 pedestrians, and 404 pedestrians and cyclists have been injured. It is rightly called the “New Boulevard of Death.” (source: NYPD collision data)

We urgently call for a comprehensive redesign to transform Northern Boulevard from the most dangerous highway in Queens into a livable and safe Main Street.  This will require a complete streets approach to the corridor, enhancing and protecting intersections and parallel streets. 

•    Pedestrians struggle to cross Northern Boulevard on a daily basis. Add safer crosswalks, exclusive time to cross the street before cars turn (LPIs) and wider medians so pedestrians can safely cross the street.
•    Cyclists share the road with cars that speed and double park. Add protected bike lanes so new cyclists will have a safe space to commute to work and small businesses in their neighborhood. 
•    Northern Boulevard normally has two moving lanes in each direction, but in some locations, it becomes wider leading to speeding on these stretches. Repurpose and beautify excess road space with greenery, street art, and more seating for the community. 

Changes like these work. Safer streets encourage people to walk and bike more, shop more locally, and give a higher quality of life for the neighborhood.

Northern Boulevard does not have to be the New Boulevard of Death. We can #FixNorthernBlvd and turn it into the new Boulevard of Life, but only with your help. Please sign the petition.

This petition will be delivered to
Mayor DeBlasio, Borough President Melinda Katz, CM Van Bramer, CM Dromm, CM Moya, CM Koo, CM Vallone, Queens Community Boards 1, 2, 3, 7, 11
Northern Boulevard is the new Boulevard of Death. This could not be more clear after the fourth pedestrian death in 2018 alone.
Northern Boulevard is optimized for the convenience of drivers. Cars speed and run red lights with impunity. Auto dealers use the sidewalk and turn it into a driving/parking lane. Ill-suited parking rules encourage double-parking. Buses crawl along, weaving in and out of traffic every other block. Oversized trucks use the street illegally, and turn without regard for the safety of pedestrians.
Because of this Northern Blvd has become a dangerous barrier, dividing our residents and posing a safety threat for those who live, work, and shop in the area. Our children, our most vulnerable, who cross it daily to reach schools and playgrounds have suffered the greatest.
On April 28th, 2018, a reckless driver killed nine year old Giovanni Ampuero in his right of way as he crossed the street in a crosswalk with his mother. Giovanni was the 6th young boy to be killed on Northern Boulevard since 2013.
The statistics are staggering: 18 people have been killed in the last five years.
16 pedestrians have been killed since 2013, and 404 pedestrians and cyclists injured on Northern Boulevard in that time. It is rightly called the “New Boulevard of Death.”
BUT, we can do something about this. We need a comprehensive redesign of Northern Boulevard, like Queens Boulevard, that will prevent death in our community.
Will you stand with constituents like me to #FixNorthernBlvd for all?
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