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Scavenger Hunt Encourages Teams to Play in Traffic on Queens Boulevard

By Nigel Chiwaya | December 4, 2012 7:24am | Updated on December 4, 2012 7:31am
 The scavenger hunt will point out several safety issues along Queens Boulevard.
The scavenger hunt will point out several safety issues along Queens Boulevard.
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FOREST HILLS — If you find yourself near Queens Boulevard Saturday, keep your camera handy — the boulevard will be playing host to a scavenger hunt.

Transportation Alternatives' Queens Committee is holding a traffic safety-themed scavenger hunt along the boulevard. The event, scheduled in place of the group's monthly bike ride, is being promoted as a lighthearted way to warn locals about the dangers of the thoroughfare, which has 12 lanes along most of the stretch.

"The scavenger hunt will be a fun way to 'force' people to pay attention to the structure and issues of Queens Boulevard," organizer Nancy Silverman said in an e-mail. "They'll get a point for taking a picture of the very disturbing 'Ped Killed Here' sign and cars blocking crosswalks and pedestrians barely able to make it across the boulevard before the light changes."

Queens Boulevard has long been a dangerous crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. Most recently, Alexander Martinez, a 38-year-old cyclist, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the boulevard in September.

Silverman noted that the scavenger hunt will include the locations of various borough politicians.

"Participants can not only see the problems, they can know where to bring their solutions!"

The scavenger hunt will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Post Office at 106-28 Queens Blvd. Those interested in participating should visit TA Queens' Facebook page.