We must feel safe crossing the street during the day ands walking home from the subway at night.
Whether you walk, take the bus, ride your bike, hop on the subway or drive—safety is paramount. After three children were killed on Northern Boulevard in 2013, I knew I couldn’t stay on the sidelines. Since then I have worked with local advocates from Make Queens Safer and Queens Transportation Alternatives to bring a holistic approach to street safety. We cannot fix a single street alone, we have to consider the surrounding streets, otherwise we are just shifting the danger down the street.
I am the co-chair of the Fix Northern Boulevard campaign for Transportation Alternatives in Queens. We are working to make Northern Boulevard safer and help the 14,000 daily bus riders who rely on the Q66 bus. There are simple ways we can improve safety for bus riders and pedestrians on Northern Boulevard.
- Prioritize pedestrians
- Shorter pedestrian crossings
- Dedicated bus lanes
- No new curb cuts and check legality of existing ones
- Dedicated loading zones on side streets
- Rumble strips coming off of Grand Central Parkway
- Speed cameras
- Trees and benches
- Bus shelters
I’ve been working closely with the NYC Department of Transportation to create a “slow zone” during arrival and dismissal time along the 34th Avenue corridor where 7,000 students travel to and from school each day. Traffic safety is the most pressing safety issue in all of our local schools, yet it has not been seriously addressed.
Next we must empower school safety officers and traffic agents to issue tickets for reckless driving, distracted driving and double parking around schools. I want the focus to be on prevention: shorter crossings, better lighting, low speed zones, raised pedestrian crossings and getting our most reckless drivers off the road before they cause harm.As ADA for over 20 years, I understand the importance of feeling safe in your community. Our criminal justice system hasn’t considered vehicular violence as a crime. We need to treat cars like the dangerous weapons they are. We need to implement restorative justice practices giving victims and their families a voice in the process.