Worst NYC traffic areas prompt neighborhood action

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Many communities can battle for the title of worst NYC traffic. Located to the north of Queensboro Plaza, Dutch Kills has seen an increase in new buildings, population and crashes.

Neighbors provided Pix11 News with video from a surveillance camera that has been recording cars running stop signs around 39th avenue in Queens.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents the area, has been in contact with NYC DOT, neighbors and community leaders. NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s office says portions of the area could be designated as a “slow zone.”

Neighbors started a petition on the DutchKillsLIC.com website to get more enforcement and attention. Tweet your #worstNYCtraffic areas to PIX11’s Greg Mocker and he may be able to check them out.

Gianaris’ office organized a rally at the corner of 39th Avenue and 29th Street in Queens.

NYC’s Department of Transportation is working with the elected officials and neighbors and has launched an outreach initiative this week. The agency is considering additional stop signs and marking upgrades. “The agency also is examining the Queensboro Plaza area to see if there are additional ways to further enhance safety for all street users,”  a spokesperson said.

“The agency deployed street safety managers to help guide pedestrians and bicyclists near Dutch Kills Park,” the spokesperson said. “This initiative is part of a citywide campaign to educate and promote shared responsibility for everyone using the streets. “

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