Oct. 17, 2013 By Christian Murray
The residential streets of Sunnyside and a large section of northern Woodside are going to be designated slow zones, where 20 mph will be the speed limit and several speed bumps will be installed.
Slow zones are marked by high-visibility blue gateway signs that note the 20 mph speed limit in the zone, as well as speed bumps. There are two proposed zones—one for Sunnyside North/Gardens and Woodside, while the other is for Sunnyside South. (click on links for maps)
The locations were chosen by the Department of Transportation after the agency evaluated the two zones based on crash history, community support, proximity of schools, and senior and daycare centers, among other criteria.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office called on the DOT to introduce them.
The councilman is looking to solicit community input about the zones, with the plan also expected to go before Community Board 2. The maps might be tweaked– depending on residents’ feedback. However, the zones are expected to go into effect within a year.
“By installing these two slow zones…we will have tremendous impact on improving the safety of pedestrians who walk along heavily trafficked corridors in our neighborhoods,” Van Bramer said in a statement.
“I believe it is vital to use every tool we have to protect the lives of residents on our City’s streets. Slow zones have a proven track record throughout New York City.”