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Pedestrian Safety Summit Planned After Series of Accidents

By Katie Honan | February 7, 2014 9:44am
 The scene of a deadly accident on Northern Boulevard in December.
The scene of a deadly accident on Northern Boulevard in December.
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — A local civic group has teamed up with area politicians to host a town hall-style meeting on pedestrian safety after a string of recent accidents, including a fatal crash Monday.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya and Rep. Joe Crowley will join Make Queens Safer, a group  that started in November to push for safer streets, for the summit at the Renaissance Charter School on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 4-6 p.m.

The focus will be on safety issues throughout the neighborhood, and politicians say they'd like to hear from the community about how to improve the situation.

"We've seen an increased number of accidents now across the city, and more and more in Queens," Moya said.

"I want to be very proactive in making sure that we're providing the community with sufficient resources — whether it be coming up with some legislative initiative or increasing the funding for speed cameras along school areas."

The town hall comes after a five-day span with two serious accidents in the area — one on Junction Boulevard that left a man critically injured and another where a 25-year-old woman was fatally struck by an MTA bus.

Elsewhere in the borough, an elderly woman lost part of her leg when she was hit by a MTA bus. Some 115 pedestrians were killed in Queens between 2010 and 2012, according to a survey conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

The move also comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to reduce the number of pedestrian accident deaths to zero.

Sunday's meeting will be a chance for the city's officials and agencies to hear from residents exactly what they feel the problems are.

"We will hear what the issues are, talk to the agencies, then figure out what are the next steps for us to do," Moya said.

The Pedestrian Safety Town Hall will be held at the Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st St., Jackson Heights, on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 4 - 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Make Queens Safer website.