JACKSON HEIGHTS — A proposed neighborhood slow zone was approved Thursday night by Community Board 3, and should be implemented later this summer, officials said.
The plan will lower the speed limit from 30 to 20 mph on streets stretching from 69th Street to 82nd Street and 34th Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue, according to the Department of Transportation.
Changes to the streets will implemented later this summer, according to the DOT.
The location was selected because of strong community support, as well as the number of schools and childcare centers, which total eight, the DOT said.
Local safety activists have pushed for slower speed limits and had even placed their own 20 mph signs on 34th Avenue, along with locations not included in the official slow zone, in March.
The slow zone vote came on the same night the state Assembly and Senate passed a bill that would allow the city to lower the speed limit to 25 mph in the five boroughs.
Speed limit reduction is one aspect of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero iniative, which aims to reduce pedestrian fatalities.