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Boulevard. Queens. A New York City Success Story. Presentation to Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Chicago, Illinois October 10, 2005 Presented by Ann Marie Doherty Director, Research Safety and Implementation Division of Traffic Planning. New York City

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A New York City Success Story

Presentation toAssociation of Pedestrian and Bicycle ProfessionalsChicago, IllinoisOctober 10, 2005Presented byAnn Marie DohertyDirector, Research Safety and ImplementationDivision of Traffic Planning

New York City

Department of Transportation

Iris Weinshall, Commissioner

City of New York

Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor

project goals
Project Goals

Balance needs of all

street users:

  • Emphasis on protecting pedestrians
  • Maintain traffic flow
primary challenges
Primary Challenges
  • Roadway Characteristics
    • Wide Intersections (Up to 200 feet at some locations)
    • Main Line and Service Road (Up to 12 Lanes of Traffic)
    • High Speeds
    • High Volume of Vehicles and Pedestrians
      • 5,000 total vehicles in the peak hour
      • 1,200 pedestrians in the peak hour in one crosswalk
      • 2,000 pedestrians exiting/entering 33rd Street Subway stop
primary challenges5
Primary Challenges
  • Land Use
    • High Density Residential Development
    • Medium to High Density Commercial Activity
    • High Pedestrian Activity
    • Multi-modal connections
      • High-Volume subway stations and numerous bus lines
  • Demographics
    • High % of elderly residents
primary challenges6
Primary Challenges
  • High incidence of fatalities

Saving Lives

Re-engineering Queens Boulevard

re engineering queens boulevard
Re-engineering Queens Boulevard
  • Beginning in 1997, NYCDOT has been proactive in improving safety on Queens Boulevard
    • Several initiatives focused on improving the overall safety environment, with a primary focus on pedestrians.
      • Comprehensive Consultant-led Studies
      • NYCDOT Initiated Projects
    • Wide range of improvements
study process
Study Process
  • Community input and participation
  • Addressed needs and interests of stakeholders


Comprised of various NYCDOT

Divisions and other relevant city agencies


Comprised of community organizations

and elected officials

Community Board



Comment Forms

and use of DOT website

Project Team

Public Meetings and


Ongoing meetings with Elected Officials,

Community Boards and Civic Groups

pedestrian safety study phase 1
Pedestrian Safety StudyPhase 1
  • Consultant-led studies were first initiated in 1997 on a 2 ½ mile stretch of the boulevard.
  • Starting in 1999 and continuing through 2003, implemented improvements included:
    • Installation of signalized mid-block crosswalks and high visibility crosswalks
    • Narrowing of service roads
    • Installation of pedestrian fencing, extended pedestrian refuge areas, widened medians and other pedestrian amenities
    • Improved signal operation to reduce speed and upgrade of traffic control devices
    • Installation of additional red light cameras and unique pedestrian crossing signs
pedestrian safety study phase 2
Pedestrian Safety Study Phase 2
  • Study began in November 2001 on remaining two segments
  • Early action recommendations were implemented in Winter 2003/Spring 2004:
    • Leading Pedestrian Intervals
    • 150-second cycle length at all intersections
    • Full closure of the cross street at 33rd Street
    • Continued installation of pedestrian fencing
    • Total of 46,000 linear feet of pedestrian fencing installed
  • Construction began in summer 2005 to advance capital improvements
concept to construction
Concept to Construction
  • A Preliminary Design Investigation (PDI) was conducted shortly after the completion of the consultant study
  • Some of the feasible recommendations went from PDI  Final Design  Construction within one year
  • Two Phase Capital Construction Program
    • Phase I
      • Intersection improvements at 33rd Street and 39th Street Subway Stations (Completed)
      • Median Extensions/Protection at 52nd and 54th Streets
    • Phase II
      • Construction next Spring/Summer
making a difference early action phase ii impacts
Making a Difference:Early Action Phase II Impacts
  • Upon completion of Phase II projects, a study was conducted comparing 9 months “before” implementation vs. 9 months “after”
    • 14% reduction in total accidents
    • 50% reduction in fatalities
    • 53% reduction in pedestrian accidents
    • 26% reduction in accidents resulting in an injury
    • Speeds stabilized within the 30 mph speed limit
    • Volume did not change significantly
queens boulevard today
Queens Boulevard Today
  • Together with the Police Department, NYCDOT has made the Queens Boulevard corridor a significantly safer environment for all users
    • From inception of the Pedestrian Safety Program, the fatality rate has fallen to 5.3 per year, significantly less than the 11.5 fatalities per year for the previous 7 ½ years
    • Total yearly accidents have fallen 32% since 1993
    • Pedestrian accidents remain at record lows, down 34% since 1993
  • NYCDOT will remain committed to safety along the corridor
    • Accident tracking
    • Maintenance of Safety Mitigation measures
for additional information
For Additional Information


Ann Marie Doherty

Deputy Director, Traffic Planning

New York City Department of Transportation

40 Worth Street, Room 928

New York, NY 10013

Tel: 212-676-1682

Email: adoherty@dot.nyc.gov

Web Site: www.nyc.gov/dot