Kidical Mass Forum

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 10 am – Noon
Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st Street, Jackson Heights

The forum will feature discussion of how to get your kids and your family cycling safely in the city.   Please join us!

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Fifteen Wishes for 2015

In 2015, we’d love to see…

  1. Publication of a strategic plan for advancing Vision Zero in Queens, including a priority action list for trouble spots the NYCDOT intends to focus on.
  2. Development of a comprehensive school access safety initiative, focusing on development of a best practices manual, identification of needs, implementation of design improvements, improved resource allocation for crossing guards and transportation safety agents, and provision of technical assistance on arrival and dismissal procedures.
  3. Election of a Queens District Attorney who is serious about making our streets safer, and uses all tools available to get drunk, reckless, and negligent drivers off the road.
  4. NYPD enforcement of new state and city laws designed to protect the public from unsafe and negligent drivers.
  5. Action in Albany on critical reforms being advanced by Families for Safe Streets to address dangerous drivers:
  • A mandatory three-month license suspension for serious offenses while driving
  • Changes to the DMV point system so that higher point values apply to violations where someone is seriously injured or killed, and drivers cannot use adjournments to push points outside the 18-month window and avoid suspension
  • A mandatory license suspension of at least three months for commercial drivers who accrue six or more penalty points
  • Mandatory, prompt and publicly-noticed safety hearings at which victims, their families, and NYPD crash investigators can attend, present evidence and make statements; quarterly reporting of aggregate safety hearing outcomes and other statistics
  • DMV adoption of the equivalent of the Federal Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights for the families of crash victim
  1. Action in Albany to authorize expanded red light camera and speed camera enforcement
  2. Expanded safety education for kids, building on NYCDOT’s excellent outreach to schools and completion of a new Safety City site in Queens.
  3. Bicycle safety education for cyclists of all ages, including “family safe cycling” classes – plus development of education strategies for driving safely near bicycles for both commercial and non-commercial drivers.
  4. A visionary plan from NYCDOT to transform Queens Boulevard into a complete street that is safe for all users and enhances the quality of life of the communities it passes through
  5. Initiation of a capital planning process for a greener and safer Northern Boulevard from LIC through Flushing
  6. A redesigned 111th Street to provide safer access to Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  7. An expanded bicycle lane network in Western Queens
  8. A commitment to expand the greenway network in Eastern Queens, especially the Southeast Queens Greenway and the Motor Parkway Greenway
  9. A world-class bus rapid transit plan for Woodhaven Boulevard with a strong focus on improving pedestrian safety.
  10. A safe 2015 for all!

Vision Zero at One

Before looking to the year ahead, it’s helpful to look back at where we’ve been.

First, the big picture is important.  Overall, the safety of New York City’s streets has been improving.   In 1971, there were nearly 1,000 traffic deaths in NYC – half of whom were pedestrians.  Between 1916 and 1993, there was never a year with fewer than 500 traffic deaths in the city.  Since 1993, we have never again surpassed 500 fatalities.   In 2011, the city hit a record low of 249 fatalities.

At the same time, the culture was changing.   The idea that streets are public spaces that can enhance the life of the city, and shouldn’t be operated exclusively for the storage and movement of vehicles, began to take hold for the first time in decades.   People began to demand and expect that streets should be safe and livable.  And the culture of city government began to change as well, responding to this public expectation by redesigning streets to safely accommodate all users.

But amid this changing culture and evolving expectations, things began to move in the wrong direction.  Fatalities jumped to 277 in 2012 and 293 in 2013.   Transportation advocates like StreetsPAC began asking political candidates pointed questions about their commitment to improving street safety and Transportation Alternatives began educating the public about Sweden’s “Vision Zero” initiative.   And in late 2013, NYC voters elected a mayoral candidate and a new majority in the City Council deeply committed to safer streets.

At the same time, there was a heartbreaking rash of children being killed on streets all around the city – a trend that jolted the public’s attention.  Responding to the repeated trauma of losing children to traffic violence, concerned neighbors and mourning families organized the Three Children Too Many march and vigil in Jackson Heights, and then began to form a new group to support local efforts boroughwide – and Make Queens Safer was born.  And still the tragedies kept coming, as the neighborhood lost yet another child to a reckless driver in late December.  The year 2013 couldn’t have ended on a more discouraging note.

The death toll from traffic violence in 2014 was unbearable as well, but it was also a year of hope for a better future.   Here’s a timeline of key developments for Queens in 2014:

  • January 1: As Bill de Blasio was inaugurated, Make Queens Safer, Make Brooklyn Safer, and Transportation Alternatives celebrated by thanking him for his commitment to Vision Zero, carrying a large “Vision Zero Starts Today” banner near City Hall. They were immediately and warmly greeted by Polly Trottenberg, the incoming DOT commissioner.
  • January 15: Mayor de Blasio came to PS 152 in Woodside, near where a child was killed a few weeks earlier, to reaffirm his policy commitment to Vision Zero and launch the process of developing an implementation plan. MQS called the policy announcement “historic” but noted a key omission – the lack of focus on safer access to schools.  MQS began advocating for a school access component of Vision Zero.
  • January/February: Sadly, there were more vigils to be held, including a memorial on the anniversary of the death of Ella Bandes in Ridgewood and a vigil for Angela Hurtado in Elmhurst. Both had strong participation by local elected officials (including Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Councilmember Mark Weprin), who comforted mourners and advocated for changes in state and local law to hold unlicensed drivers accountable. After multiple-injury hit & run crash on Northern Blvd, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Sen. Mike Gianaris called for the city to focus on Northern Blvd. safety and Van Bramer advocated stronger penalties for hit and run drivers.
  • In February, Mayor de Blasio released the city’s new Vision Zero Action Plan: “We refuse to accept the loss of children, parents and neighbors as inevitable.” Throughout the spring, NYCDOT, NYPD, and various elected officials held town hall meetings and workshops around Queens, including in Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Astoria, Springfield Gardens, Jamaica, and Far Rockaway.
  • Also in February, Families for Safe Streets was founded to serve as the voice for families that have had loved ones killed or injured by motor vehicles in NYC. They and other groups around the city launched the “20 is Plenty” campaign to reduce the city’s speed limit.  In May, they and other concerned citizens participated in a Vision Zero lobbying day in Albany.
  • In March, after Kumar Ragunath was killed in Long Island City, Van Bramer and Gianaris called for hit and run drivers to be brought to justice. In September, Van Bramer won passage of the Justice for Hit and Run Victims Act, which imposes civil penalties of up to $10,000 on drivers who leave the scene of a crash.
  • In April, the city council began holding hearings on Vision Zero implementation.
  • In July, Transportation Alternatives, Make the Road New York, Make Queens Safer and other groups held a Vision Zero Workshop in Corona, in an event sponsored by Councilmemeber Julissa Ferreras and Daniel Dromm. This bilingual event reached communities that were not well represented in the city’s outreach efforts.  This forum led to a new effort to bring safer pedestrian and bicycle access into Flushing Meadows Corona Park and along 111th Street.
  • In September, Make Queens Safer, Bike New York, NYCDOT, NYPD, and other groups held a Safer Greener Streets Fair in Jackson Heights, including a bike swap, helmet giveaway, bike repair, short film festival, and bike safety rodeo, as well as a Kid Engineers Traffic Study that examined speeding and other safety issues on 34th Avenue.
  • In October, after years of advocacy and coalition building by Transportation Alternatives and others, NYCDOT signaled that it is willing to consider major design changes to Queens Boulevard, a longstanding priority in many neighborhoods along its length.

Over the course of 2014, NYCDOT expanded its Neighborhood Slow Zones program to Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside, thanks to the leadership of councilmembers Danny Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer.  NYCDOT also rolled out a new Arterial Slow Zones program with lower speed limits and targeted enforcement on Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica Av., Queens Blvd., Roosevelt Av., and Northern Blvd.  It also implemented important pedestrian safety improvements on College Point Avenue in Flushing; Hillside & Homelawn in Jamaica; Greenpoint & 48th in Sunnyside; Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City; BQE, 37th & Broadway in Woodside; Myrtle & Wyckoff in Ridgewood; and Northern Boulevard in Western Queens.

Throughout the year, we also saw leadership by elected officials at all levels of government:

  • In the city council, virtually the entire Queens delegation contributed to making our streets safer, either leading the drive for legislation or by advocating for safety improvements in their districts. Particular champions this year have included Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm, and Julissa Ferreras.  The City Council passed Van Bramer’s hit-and-run law, a citywide 25 mph speed limit, bills to suspend licenses of unsafe taxi drivers, and make it a misdemeanor to hit a pedestrian or cyclist who has the right-of-way.
  • In Albany, the state legislature authorized New York City to reduce its speed limit to 25 mph and to install more speed cameras in school zones. Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Marge Markey fought unsuccessfully for legislation that would make it a felony to drive with a suspended license when someone is killed or seriously injured in the process.  Senator José Peralta advocated on behalf of constituents trying to improve school access safety.  Other strong voices this year included Toby Ann Stavisky, Nily Rozic, and Francisco Moya.
  • And in Washington, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand promoted federal pedestrian safety legislation.

What did not happen in 2014?

  • While NYCDOT worked admirably hard throughout 2014 to collect data and input on Vision Zero needs, we did not see a clear strategy emerge or very many new projects that were not already in the pipeline. We understand that these things take time, and are hopeful that a strategic plan will be released in 2015.
  • NYPD did not appear to significantly change their procedures concerning when to charge drivers who strike pedestrians and cyclists; the city’s District Attorneys did not appear interested at all in enforcing the law as it concerns criminal recklessness and negligence by drivers; and the DMV continued to fail to live up to its responsibility to delicense dangerous drivers.

By the end of the year, the grim tally of traffic fatalities on the city’s streets and highways stood at 250, nearly matching the low achieved in 2011.  There are several efforts underway to compile the names of these victims of traffic violence so that they can be remembered and their stories told (see memorial pages by WNYC, Streetsblog, and Make Queens Safer).  This total included 154 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities, a record low.  In Queens, there were 88 fatalities (47 pedestrians and cyclists).  While it is a tremendous relief that the growing carnage of the past two years has been reversed, there is still a long way to go.  See our statistical review of 2014 progress here.

The collective action and attention of community groups and elected officials brought a level of understanding and commitment that certainly helped raise awareness and push through important legislation.  It also helped bring about change locally as citizens and community boards learned more and grew more comfortable with the “toolkit” of strategies the city is using to improve dangerous streets and intersections.  In 2015, as Queens continues to rise as a popular destination for living and visiting, we will continue to look to our local elected officials, our community boards, and Borough President Melinda Katz for energetic leadership on these issues.  A commitment to seeking justice for traffic victims, attendance at key planning sessions and public awareness events, and constructive engagement with DOT to advance much-needed street redesigns, will all aid in making our streets and arterial roadways safer for everyone.

Tracking Vision Zero Progress in 2014

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The first year of Vision Zero in Queens was a qualified success.    The borough had 88 traffic fatalities, a 5% reduction from 2013, but still more than the number of fatalities in 2012.  To meet Mayor de Blasio’s goal of zero traffic fatalities in a decade, higher rates of decline will be needed in future years.

Boroughwide there were about 3,443 ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities in 2014, about 6.5% fewer than last year.  Citywide, pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities declined by 6.9%.  In five Queens precincts (104, 109, 110, 111, and 113) ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities dropped by more than 10%. The greatest improvement was the 20% drop in ped/cyclist injuries/fatalities in the 111th Precinct (Bayside).

In addition, there were about 11,404 injuries and fatalities among motorists and passengers in Queens, about 4.4% lower than in 2013. This figure fell by 7.4% citywide.   Five Queens precincts (100, 101, 104, 107, and 115) saw reductions of 10% or more. The greatest improvement was the 22% drop in vehicle occupant injuries/fatalities in the 101st Precinct (the Rockaways).

Traffic enforcement rates in Queens dropped in December but remained significantly higher overall for 2014 relative to last year:

  • NYPD issues 21% more tickets for red light running (failure to stop at signal) in Queens than last year (the citywide increase was 30%).  With a 97% increase over 2013, the 112th Precinct (Forest Hills/Rego Park) registered the greatest increase in red light enforcement effort of any precinct in Queens.
  • Tickets for speeding in Queens were up about 69% from last year (citywide, these tickets were up 42%). This excludes speed camera violations in school zones, which are new this year and growing rapidly as more cameras are deployed. The greatest increase in speeding enforcement was been in the 104th Precinct (Glendale/Ridgewood/Maspeth), which increased speeding citations by 293% over 2013.
  • Tickets for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians rose by 104% in Queens and 126% citywide. Enforcement improved most notably in the 112th Precinct (Forest Hills/Rego Park), where it increased by 240% over last year.
  • Enforcement against illegal cell phone use while driving fell 20% from last year in Queens, and fell 16% citywide. The 102nd Precinct (Kew Gardens/Richmond Hill/Woodhaven) was the only one in Queens with higher enforcement levels in 2014 than in 2013.

Queens outpaced the city as a whole in increasing enforcement against speeding.  It lagged the city as a whole in reduction of traffic injuries, and enforcement of failure to stop at signals, failure to yield to pedestrians, and driving while using cell phones.

NYPD’s enforcement actions are a critical contributor to reductions in injury and fatality rates, but not the only factor.   Education and engineering are also tremendously important.   Furthermore, evolving traffic patterns and pedestrian activity levels in different neighborhoods will cause unpredictable changes in their traffic injury rates from year to year.   As a result, we do not expect to see a strong statistical relationship between enforcement actions and reductions in injury rates in any particular precinct.  We do not believe that these data can be used to draw meaningful conclusions about the effectiveness of NYPD’s enforcement efforts.

Here’s our full report.  These precincts led the way in Queens in 2014:

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Tracking Progress: October 2014

Tracker-2014-10Here’s our  summary of precinct-by-precinct Vision Zero progress in Queens through October.   This month, we added summaries for the other boroughs as well.

Boroughwide there have been about 2,764 ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities so far this year, about 5.1% less than the average from the previous two years. Citywide, pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities are down 5.7% from the average of the two previous years. In five Queens precincts (104, 109, 110, 111, and 115) ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities are down by more than 10%. The greatest improvement has been the 21% drop in ped/cyclist injuries/fatalities in the 111th Precinct (Bayside).

In addition, there have been about 9,658 injuries and fatalities among motorists and passengers in Queens, about 6.6% lower than the average from the previous two years. This figure has fallen by 7.8% citywide.  Nine Queens precincts (100, 103, 104, 105, 107, 109, 110, 111, and 115) have seen reductions of 10% or more. The greatest improvement has been the 22% drop in vehicle occupant injuries/fatalities in the 110th Precinct (Corona/Elmhurst).

Traffic enforcement rates in Queens continue to be strong:

  • Tickets for red light running (failure to stop at signal) in Queens are running 33% higher than the average for the previous two years (citiwide tickets are running 39% higher). With a 103% increase over previous years, the 104th Precinct (Glendale/Ridgewood/Maspeth) has shown the greatest increase in enforcement effort of any precinct in Queens.
  • Tickets for speeding in Queens are up about 55% from the average over the previous two years (citywide, these tickets are up 48%). This excludes speed camera violations in school zones, which are new this year and growing rapidly as more cameras are deployed. The greatest increase in speeding enforcement has been in the 104th Precinct, which has increased by 323% over the average of the previous two years.
  • Tickets for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians, have grown 152% in Queens and 167% citywide. Enforcement has improved most notably in the 113th Precinct (Jamaica), where it has increased by 736% over the previous two years.
  • Enforcement against illegal cell phone use while driving remains very low — 26% lower than the previous two years in Queens, and 20% lower citywide. The 102nd and 103rd precincts are the only ones in Queens with higher enforcement levels in 2014 than in 2012-13.

Queens continues to lead the city as a whole in terms of increasing enforcement against speeding. It lags the city as a whole in terms of reducing traffic injuries, enforcing failure to stop at signals, failure to yield to pedestrians, and driving while using cell phones.

As before, we recommend against drawing strong connections about changes in injury rates. Vision Zero is about changing the culture. Enforcement, education, and engineering changes will take time to translate into safer behavior. Also, the precincts are starting at different baseline levels of enforcement and injury rates, and they’re doing a lot of hard work on driver education that doesn’t translate directly into tickets issued. We’re tracking progress, but believe we should allow more time before we start drawing conclusions.

Keeping in mind that the precincts are all starting from different baselines, here are the precincts that are leading the way, relative to their averages for 2012 and 2013:

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Tracking Progress: September 2014

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Here’s our monthly summary of precinct-by-precinct Vision Zero progress in Queens. At the nine-month mark, we’re now three-quarters through our first year of Vision Zero. A lot has been accomplished. The city has held a series of town hall meetings and workshops in all parts of the city to gather input on street safety improvement needs; NYPD has stepped up enforcement; NYPD and DOT have increased public outreach and education campaigns; and legislators in Albany and City Hall have passed some important new laws to bring safety and accountability to our streets.

But much remains to be done. The city’s new 25 mph speed limit will enter into force soon, but was not yet in effect in the period covered by the data presented here.  Only a small number of the newly authorized speed cameras have been put in place. NYPD has not made it a priority to investigate crash-related injuries and fatalities, and District Attorneys offices have not yet started to hold reckless and negligent drivers accountable for their actions under the law. DOT has just started the process of rolling out proposed improvements in response to what it has learned through its public outreach in the spring. And important legislation on red light cameras, truck wheel guards, and legal reforms still await action in Albany.

We are optimistic that all of this will be accomplished in due course. But it is important to keep the current status of Vision Zero in mind when we ask why injuries and fatalities in Queens and citywide aren’t falling faster.

Boroughwide there have been about 2,443 ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities so far this year, about 5.5% less than the average from the previous two years. Citywide, pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities are down 6.4% from the average of the two previous years. In six Queens precincts (102, 104, 107, 110, 111, and 115) ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities are down by more than 10%. The greatest improvement has been the 25% drop in ped/cyclist injuries/fatalities in the 111th Precinct (Bayside).

So far this year, there have been about 8,458 injuries and fatalities among motorists and passengers, about 7.7% lower than the average from the previous two years. This figure has fallen by 8.7% citywide. Eight Queens precincts (100, 103, 104, 105, 107, 109, 110, and 115) have seen reductions of 10% or more. The greatest improvement has been the 30% drop in vehicle occupant injuries/fatalities in the 100th Precinct (Rockaway Beach).

Traffic enforcement rates in Queens continue to be strong:

  • Tickets for red light running (failure to stop at signal) in Queens are running 29% higher than the average for the previous two years (citiwide tickets are running 39% higher). With a 109% increase over previous years, the 112th Precinct (Forest Hills) has shown the greatest increase in enforcement effort of any precinct in Queens.
  • Tickets for speeding in Queens are up about 59% from the average over the previous two years (citywide, these tickets are up 43%). This excludes speed camera violations in school zones, which are also new this year and growing rapidly as more cameras are deployed. The greatest increase in speeding enforcement has been in the 113th Precinct (Jamaica), which has increased by 308% over the average of the previous two years.
  • Tickets for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians, which before the past year was very lightly enforced, have grown 158% in Queens and 167% citywide. Enforcement has improved most notably in the 113th Precinct (Jamaica), where it has increased by 858% over the previous two years.
  • Enforcement against illegal cell phone use while driving remains very low — 27% lower than the previous two years in Queens, and 20% lower citywide. The 102nd and 103rd precincts are the only ones in Queens with higher enforcement levels in 2014 than in 2012-13.

Queens continues to lead the city as a whole in terms of increasing enforcement against speeding. It lags the city as a whole in terms of reducing traffic injuries, enforcing failure to stop at signals, failure to yield to pedestrians, and driving while using cell phones.

As before, we recommend against drawing strong connections about changes in injury rates. Vision Zero is about changing the culture. Enforcement, education, and engineering changes will take time to translate into safer behavior. Also, the precincts are starting at different baseline levels of enforcement and injury rates, and they’re doing a lot of hard work on driver education that doesn’t translate directly into tickets issued. We’re tracking progress, but believe we should allow more time before we start drawing conclusions.

Keeping in mind that the precincts are all starting from different baselines, here are the precincts that are leading the way, relative to their averages for 2012 and 2013:

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Diversity Plaza Workshop

Diversity Plaza was created in 2011 as part of the Jackson Heights Neighborhood Transportation Study to create a new public space in a busy neighborhood and commercial district that lacked one, improve pedestrian safety at the 74th Street/Broadway/Jackson Heights subway station, and improve traffic circulation in and through the neighborhood.   Now that the community has gotten to know the space and see how it can be used, it’s time to start thinking about how to design the space for the future.

There will be an important public workshop on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, from 2-4 pm at PS 69 to discuss the future of this new town square.   Please join us!

If you can’t attend, but care about the future of Diversity Plaza, please take a few minutes to complete Envisioning Diversity Plaza Survey.

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Tracking Progress: August 2014

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Here’s our monthly summary of precinct-by-precinct Vision Zero progress in Queens.  Highlights:

  • Boroughwide there have been about 2,166 ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities so far this year, about 3.8% less than the average from the previous two years.  Citywide, pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities are down 5.6% from the average of the two previous years.  In six Queens precincts (102, 104, 107, 110, 111, and 115) ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities are down by more than 10%.
  • So far this year, there have been about 7,498 injuries and fatalities among motorists and passengers, about 7.6% lower than the average from the previous two years.  This figure has fallen by 9% citywide.  Eight Queens precincts (100, 103, 104, 105, 107, 109, 110, and 115) have seen reductions of 10% or more.
  • Tickets issued for Speeding and Failure to Yield for Pedestrians continue to be issued at a significantly higher pace than in previous years in nearly every precinct in Queens.
  • In August, most Queens precincts significantly increased their enforcement of red-light running (“Failure to Stop at Signal”) relative to their enforcement rates earlier in the year.  Tickets issued for red-light running in Queens now stands at 30% higher than the 2012-13 average.
  • Enforcement against illegal cell phone use while driving remains very low.  The 103rd Precinct remains the only one with higher enforcement levels in 2014 than in 2012-13.
  • Queens continues to lead the city as a whole in terms of increasing enforcement against speeding.   It lags the city as a whole in terms of reducing traffic injuries, enforcing failure to stop at signals, failure to yield to pedestrians, and driving while using cell phones.

As before, we recommend against drawing strong connections about changes in injury rates. Vision Zero is about changing the culture.  Enforcement, education, and engineering changes will take time to translate into safer behavior.  Also, the precincts are starting at different baseline levels of enforcement and injury rates, and they’re doing a lot of hard work on driver education that doesn’t translate directly into tickets issued. We’re tracking progress, but believe we should allow more time before we start drawing conclusions.

Keeping in mind that the precincts are all starting from different baselines, here are the precincts that are leading the way, relative to their averages for 2012 and 2013:

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Come for the bonanza, stay for the rodeo!

SGSF

Make Queens Safer’s Bike Bonanza / Safer Greener Streets Fair keeps growing…

Here’s today’s program:

Update

Today was amazing!  We had hundreds of people from the community show up and easily a hundred volunteers help out.   We have posted a report from our Kid Engineers Traffic Study.

And look here for pictures and video of the event.

Statement on Hit & Run Legislation

Make Queens Safer would like to offer the following statement in support of Int No. 371, new legislation proposed in the City Council to impose new civil penalties on hit-and-run drivers:

It is our hope that Vision Zero could equate to zero fatalities due to hit and run drivers. Those who lack the moral compass, compassion, and civic responsibility to stay on the scene of a traffic incident should certainly pay a civil penalty.

We need legislation from Albany to keep dangerous drivers off our streets, and even from returning to our streets, as we’ve seen in detail in the last year. While we wait and advocate for that, we recognize that Council Member Van Bramer’s legislation, when enacted, will encourage drivers to stay on the scene of a crash and live up to their full responsibilities as licensed drivers in New York State.

A hit and run driver possibly denies an innocent victim access to urgent medical care, by fleeing the scene; no family should suffer such a fate.

We strongly encourage those who represent us in City Council to enact Int. No.371 without delay.