Support for Northern Boulevard corridor redesign

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On behalf of the Douglaston Local Development Corporation, representing the Douglaston community, we are writing to express our strong support for the redesign of the Northern Boulevard corridor, as currently being performed by the New York City Dept. of Transportation.

The DLDC strongly supports the DOT’s current efforts to redesign the Northern Boulevard corridor for safety. This includes new, safe and protected bicycle lanes, improved pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks, improvements to traffic-light signaling, and especially traffic calming measures to reduce speed and potential accidents along this dangerous section of Northern Boulevard, in our community.

Our many years of inclusive community visioning efforts, starting in 2009, have shown that our residents and businesses, and institutions, all support efforts to improve safety for all of Douglaston’s streets and public spaces.

Our published and documented Main Street Strategy and Strategic Action Plan completed in 2011 — and created with input from all of our community, civic, local business and institutional partners — specifically expresses the desire for improved public spaces, safe and improved pedestrian, bicycle and automobile corridors, and connections to our adjacent parklands and adjacent neighborhoods.

We were properly engaged, well in advance, by the Queens office of the DOT, to review their proposed design of the Northern Boulevard corridor (as well as connections to Douglaston LIRR and to Alley Pond Park). We find that it has been prepared in a very professional and state-of-the-art manner, using a “Complete Streets” and comprehensive traffic design approach.

It is also an important part of the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative, to improve this dangerous corridor of automobile-only traffic.

For the past decade, improvements to safety and quality of life, preservation of character, and revitalization of the Douglaston community have been, and continue to serve as, our primary goals.

We welcome the opportunity to continue to work with the DOT, and all of our community partners, to achieve these goals.

Board of Directors

Douglaston Local Development Corporation

Posted 12:00 am, September 23, 2017
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Chicklet from Douglaston says:
Let's ask why the 'Douglaston Local Development Corporation' is involved in this unsafe quality-of-life-destroying project?

How good is their 'vision' anyway? Sure, they got the car drop-off at the Douglaston train station turned into some kind of plaza, now commuters need to allow an extra 15 minutes every morning to deal with traffic jams and horn-honking while they try to get to work. The other 22 1/2 hours, their wonderful plaza is barren, no business would ever open in a place that has no parking and no traffic, and indeed the count of open businesses is down to almost zero.

Yet they persist in inflicting pain, now with their 'vision' to remove vital parking and traffic lanes on the ONLY road from Douglaston to the rest of Queens. So what if there will be unbearable traffic all day long, who cares that cars MUST cut in and out of the bike lanes in multiple locations, big deal that the busy ramps of the Cross Island Parkway will provide serious dangers to cyclists, these wise people will remove cars from a boulevard designed to help us get to work, to doctors, to pick up our kids.

I guess this is what happens when groups form that have no purpose except to interfere with the free movement of taxpaying citizens. Thanks to their efforts in Douglaston, there are less businesses. Now, we won't be able to drive to Bayside to shop there. Whats next, blow up the bridge over Douglaston Parkway?
Sept. 28, 2017, 11:33 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. says:
I'll support it,no long the cyclists, the drivers and th pedestrians are following the same rules of the road.
Sept. 29, 2017, 7 pm

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