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Lower speed limits are coming to 10 streets across the five boroughs amid surging pedestrian deaths, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
The 45 miles of roadways across the city will see speed limits drop anywhere from 5 to 10 miles per hour, de Blasio told reporters at his Monday press briefing.
“We’ve done this over the years. It’s worked,” Hizzoner said. “I know some people gripe about it. I respect the concerns — but this is about safer, this is about savings lives.”
The de Blasio administration last lowered speed limits in September, as empty roads led to a surge in speeding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With pedestrian deaths up 58 percent so far in 2021, this month’s changes will be focused “on the areas where we’ve seen the most crashes,” the mayor said on Monday.
In the Bronx, Pelham Parkway, Jerome Avenue and the Throgs Neck Expressway Service Road will see their speed limits drop from 35 to 30 mph, the city said.
In Queens, sections of Woodhaven Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard will have their speed limits cut by 5 mph, as will Astoria Boulevard from 111th Street to 8th Street and Conduit Avenue from Sutter Avenue to Sunrise Highway.
Conduit Boulevard south of Atlantic Avenue will also get slashed by 5 mph, to 30 mph. In Staten Island, officials plan to convert 13.5 miles of Hylan Boulevard to 30 mph.
The proposed speed changes outraged Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island), who tweeted that the changes coming to his borough were “absurd and unnecessary.”
“DOT [Department of Transportation] didn’t consult with anyone elected to actually represent this area,” Borelli said in a statement to the Staten Island Advance.
“It’s as though the mayor said, ‘how can we make people’s lives less convenient?’ and then did the opposite.”
De Blasio said the speed limit reductions would be coupled with an NYPD traffic enforcement blitz, and reiterated his plea for Albany to pass legislation known as the “crash victim bill of rights.”
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