Queens’ ‘boulevard of death’ next target for Vision Zero

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QUEENS (PIX11) -- The next big push in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative is to tackle Queens’ infamous “boulevard of death.”

It’s part of the mayor’s ambitious plan to cut down on pedestrian fatalities in the five boroughs.

Queens Boulevard has been branded the Boulevard of Death, a name that reflects its tragic place in city history.

In some places along the roadway, there are 14 lanes of traffic.

Some say pedestrians take their lives into their own hands when they try to navigate Queens Boulevard. A total overhaul has been called for, including pedestrian islands, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, countdown clocks and more crosswalks.

The city has overhauled already 50 major streets and intersections over the last year all part of Vision Zero. And City Hall says its working.

Overall traffic deaths have dipped 15 percent since the start of de Blasio’s initiative, though motorist fatalities have remained flat. Cyclist deaths increased from 12 to 20.

de Blasio credited the 50 street and intersection redesigns completed in 2014, along with a new 25 mph speed limit and dozens of new speed cameras for reducing pedestrian fatalities to 134 last year — the lowest single-year total since 1910.