When the city decides to act on street safety, it can act fast. Case in point:¬†DOT will begin implementing the redesign of 111th Street in Corona on¬†Monday, less than two weeks after Mayor de Blasio said the project would proceed.
By shortening crossing distances and adding a two-way protected bike lane, the redesign will make 111th Street less highway-like and reduce¬†the risk of¬†walking or¬†biking to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
De Blasio¬†gave the redesign¬†the go-ahead last week at¬†a town hall in the neighborhood, following a protracted two-year advocacy campaign to get the project built.¬†Hundreds of people¬†demonstrated for the redesign¬†at rallies on 111th Street¬†and at City Hall¬†to overcome opposition from Queens Community Board 4¬†and Assembly Member Francisco Moya.
While it’s a big improvement over the status quo, the design that will be installed next week is a watered-down version¬†that lacks the full complement of safety measures in DOT’s original plan.¬†Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg has said they agency will evaluate whether to add those features at a later date.
Safety Improvements for 111th Street Coming Monday