Despite fanfare over the new arterial slow zone along Queens Boulevard – aka the Boulevard of Death, where 23 people have died since 2008 – it turns out zero actual reforms will hit the speed limit on the rough thoroughfare.
While a handful of Queens streets will have their speed limits lowered from 30 miles per hour to 25, Queens Boulevard’s will stick at 30, where it’s been since 2001.
Slow zone signs will go up encouraging drivers to hit the brakes, but not mandating it.
“Our engineers felt like 30 was really the right speed for that street,” Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said, according to published reports.
We here at QConf wonder: Right for what? Right for whom?
Meanwhile, at Vision Zero safety workshops across the Borough, residents continue to coat maps of their neighborhoods with stickers, marking areas that need improvement.