Senator Dilan joined state representatives, city officials and advocates at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Avenue to welcome the latest of 25 planned arterial slow zones throughout the city. McGuinness Boulevard joins Atlantic Avenue and the Grand Concourse as a 25 mph arterial slow zone, with signal re-timings and new signage to be added in the coming weeks.
“For decades McGuinness Boulevard has been a danger to drive, ride, walk and cross. Amid calls to address its more treacherous crossings and greater enforcement, curbside memorials have become commonplace. I commend Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to making our streets and roadways safer and thank him for putting his Vision Zero initiative to work on McGuinness Boulevard,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.
McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint will be the third Arterial Slow Zone to be installed on a major street as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero safety initiative. By the end of April, traffic signals will be coordinated to reduce dangerous speeding along the 1.1 mile corridor.
Senator Dilan has been seeking such traffic calming measures on the stretch of McGuinness Boulevard for years. The combination of improved signal timing to discourage speeding, distinctive signage and increased enforcement by the NYPD, will help reduce the high number of vehicle-pedestrian incidents on McGuinness.
As this year’s legislative session draws to a close, Senator Dilan will continue to advocate for additional speed cameras in North Brooklyn and New York City. Legislation to allocate 140 cameras for New York City streets failed to be included in the recently adopted state budget. As Vision Zero workshops continue, and additional arterial slow zones are named, Senator Dilan is confident the need for additional cameras will be evident.