Put People First on Thomson Ave

Pedestrian safety on Thomson Ave, home of LaGuardia Community College, has long taken a backseat to getting cars on and off the Queensboro Bridge. This car-first culture resulted in Tenzin Drudak being killed right outside of our school by a speeding car. We still see numerous close calls every day.

Cars speed down Thomson Avenue. Pedestrians cross against walk lights out of frustration from overcrowded sidewalks. We know the current situation is not working for pedestrians, cyclists or drivers and we are asking that the Department of Transportation (DOT) address these problems.

DOT's current plan to increase the sidewalk width of Thomson Street (LaGuardia side) by 8' and reduce the width of the sidewalk on the less utilized north side by 10’ is good for alleviating our overcrowded street; however the plan would also increase the width of travel lanes - something long known to increase speeding.

In short, this plan would not sufficiently address the needs of our community. We therefore ask DOT to present a new plan that not only addresses pedestrian overcrowding, but ALSO makes Thomson a Complete Street:

  • Pedestrian Refuges - Thomson Avenues traffic volumes and speeds can make pedestrians feel unsafe, additionally, folks who have limited mobility may require additional time to cross the street.
  • Greenery - Trees and shrubs should be used to improve the streetscape and beautify the area. 50,000 students, faculty and staff deserve a beautiful street
  • Pedestrianize Streets - 30th Street (between the Buildings B & C) and Thomson Ave is a particularly dangerous intersection. Closing down the street would improve pedestrian flow and allow some open space in a neighborhood largely devoid of open space.  In fact, this street is often closed due to construction and there often is not an affect on traffic.
  • Protected Bike Lanes - LaGuardia Community College has a lot of cyclists who commute to the campus. They use the bike lanes on Queens Blvd, Skillman and Jackson Aves to get to school. Right now, they have to share space with drivers on Thomson Ave or use unprotected bike lanes on 47th Ave. They need protected bike lanes to complete their commute safely and any plan must have those lanes.
  • No Increase in Lane Width - The width of travel lanes must not increase from its current dimensions. Research show that wider lanes encourage drivers to speed. 

In short we are asking that Thomson Avenue be designed with vulnerable users as the first priority and moving car congestion as the secondary priority.

We look forward to hearing your revised plan.

 

This petition will be delivered to
Council Member Van Bramer, Queens Community Board 2, Queens DOT Commissioner Nicole Garcia
Pedestrian safety on Thomson Ave, home of LaGuardia Community College, has long taken a backseat to getting cars on and off the Queensboro Bridge. This car-first culture resulted in Tenzin Drudak being killed right outside of our school by a speeding car. We still see numerous close calls every day.

Cars speed down Thomson Avenue. Pedestrians cross against walk lights out of frustration from overcrowded sidewalks. We know the current situation is not working for pedestrians, cyclists or drivers and we are asking that the Department of Transportation (DOT) address these problems.

DOT's current plan to increase the sidewalk width of Thomson Street (LaGuardia side) by 8' and reduce the width of the sidewalk on the less utilized north side by 10’ is good for alleviating our overcrowded street; however the plan would also increase the width of travel lanes - something long known to increase speeding.

In short, this plan would not sufficiently address the needs of our community. We therefore ask DOT to present a new plan that not only addresses pedestrian overcrowding, but ALSO makes Thomson a Complete Street:

Pedestrian Refuges - Thomson Avenues traffic volumes and speeds can make pedestrians feel unsafe, additionally, folks who have limited mobility may require additional time to cross the street.

Greenery - Trees and shrubs should be used to improve the streetscape and beautify the area. 50,000 students, faculty and staff deserve a beautiful street

Pedestrianize Streets - 30th Street (between the Buildings B & C) and Thomson Ave is a particularly dangerous intersection. Closing down the street would improve pedestrian flow and allow some open space in a neighborhood largely devoid of open space. In fact, this street is often closed due to construction and there often is not an affect on traffic.

Protected Bike Lanes - LaGuardia Community College has a lot of cyclists who commute to the campus. They use the bike lanes on Queens Blvd, Skillman and Jackson Aves to get to school. Right now, they have to share space with drivers on Thomson Ave or use unprotected bike lanes on 47th Ave. They need protected bike lanes to complete their commute safely and any plan must have those lanes.

No Increase in Lane Width - The width of travel lanes must not increase from its current dimensions. Research show that wider lanes encourage drivers to speed.

In short we are asking that Thomson Avenue be designed with vulnerable users as the first priority and moving car congestion as the secondary priority.

We look forward to hearing your revised plan.

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