Community Board 9’s new motto: 'Safety Second'
by Mk Moore
Apr 18, 2018 | 2790 views | 0 0 comments | 249 249 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time ever in the history of Community Board 9, the public body voted to oppose speed humps on a street in the district.

Why would anyone oppose a speed hump? What could possibly cause a community board to vote down a speed hump that the Department of Transportation (DOT) determined was necessary to protect the public?

A few single-family homeowners felt that speed humps would create squealing brake noises disturbing their peace.

How can a community board even have the right to overrule DOT on a matter of public safety? Is there an agency or body that can review and overrule this unwise decision?

In February of 2016, community members from 116th Street in Kew Gardens showed up with a petition in hand at a Community Board 9 meeting to protest dangerous traffic conditions.

Over 100 residents sought the assistance of the community board to remedy the dangerous speeding.

For two years, the residents wrote emails and letters to DOT, the Queens borough president and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz asking for traffic conditions on 116th Street to be improved.

During this period, a major street project on Park Lane South was passed and implemented by DOT with the support of Community Board 9 that moved even more traffic onto 116th Street as spill over.

The residents of 116th Street continued waiting and pushing DOT to get our problems addressed.

Three separate requests were filed with DOT for traffic surveys. Two years later, DOT has returned the traffic surveys showing that there is an unsafe traffic condition on 116th Street.

Vehicles traveling at 40 mph on a 25 mph residential street is dangerous, something anyone living on 116th Street could have already told you.

You need only ask the residents of 83-15 116th Street, who had a vehicle leave the road, cross a crowded sidewalk, and take out ten feet of shrubs to end up on our front lawn.

Perhaps you could ask any person, absolutely any person you encounter on 116th Street, how they feel about the high-speed traffic.

Where do we go to get the recommendations of the DOT enacted and the whim of the community board overturned? The residents of 116th Street need someplace to send their next petition.

Mk Moore is a resident of 116th Street.
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