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Pedestrian Safety Summit Planned for Elmhurst Hospital

By Katie Honan | December 11, 2013 2:59pm
 The meeting hopes to find ways to improve safety for all on city streets.
The meeting hopes to find ways to improve safety for all on city streets.
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Courtesy Elmhurst Hospital

ELMHURST — Doctors and transportation advocates are set to host an all-day symposium Thursday at Elmhurst Hospital to figure out ways to improve pedestrian safety in the wake of a string of fatal accidents in the area.

It's the third pedestrian safety summit the hospital has hosted since 2010, according to Justin Chin, the Assistant Director of External Affairs at the hospital.

Chin said the meeting is a response to recent transportation and pedestrian safety issues in the borough, especially along Queens Boulevard and in Jackson Heights and Corona.

"We're trying to get people together to create more of an awareness about safety," he said.

Last month, advocates marched through Corona and Jackson Heights demanding safer streets after a string of fatal crashes.

And a march is planned for Saturday along Queens Boulevard to protest the "dangerous conditions" at the large thoroughfare, which has been nicknamed "The Boulevard of Death."

The symposium will be held at Elmhurst Hospital, 79-01 Broadway, Room A1-22, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. For more information, email Justin Chin at CHINJ6@nyc.hhc.org.