Drivers will now have to slow it down on Riverside Drive, as a new speed limit has been put in place to decrease traffic fatalities, the city has announced.
The speed limit on Riverside Drive, from 165th Street to 181st Street, is now reduced from 30 MPH to 25 MPH, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.
The eight other streets affected in the four other boroughs cover more than 25 miles and include Flatbush Avenue (Brooklyn), Bruckner Boulevard (Bronx), Northern Boulevard (Queens) and Targee Street (Staten Island). They are some of the city’s main thoroughfares and are regularly used by bicyclists and pedestrians.
“We’re reducing speed limits on some of the city’s most crash-prone corridors, and growing our speed camera program,” Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a tweet during today’s press conference announcing the change.
Speed limit reductions and installing more speed-cameras near school zones are part of Vision Zero, Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s initiative to decrease speeding, and cyclist and pedestrian deaths. The city also announced today that it also reached its objective of activating speed-cameras in all 750 school zones, claiming that it is the largest speed-camera network in the world, the city said in a press release on its website.
“With more cameras installed in 2020 than in the first six years of the program combined, DOT is continuously working to make our streets safer,” Trottenberg also said in her tweet.
These efforts come after COVID-19 has seen an increase of reckless driving due in part to less crowded streets, the city also said.
Approximately 3,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 200 are killed each year in traffic crashes, and being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause for seniors, according to city statistics.
For a complete listing of streets affected by the new speed limits, click here.
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