Pedestrian safety advocates say Northern Boulevard is the borough’s new “Boulevard of Death.”// Google Maps

Death and Injury Persist On Queens’ Most Dangerous Streets

Despite the many successes of the New York City’s Vision Zero initiative, preventable deaths and injuries continue to plague Queens’ streets.

A few in particular stand out.

At least 32 have been injured or killed on Northern Boulevard and 22 more have been injured or killed on Jamaica Avenue, according to city data on traffic accidents.

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Council Member Robert Cornegy coaches a constituent as she test-drives an electric scooter. // Photo by Andy Katz

Bird Scooters Flock to Queens and Brooklyn

Compared to residents in cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv,  New Yorkers have been a little late to embrace the electric scooter as an alternative to pokey buses or perpetually delayed subways.

New Yorkers have encountered one big obstacle — the vehicles are not yet street legal.

That could change soon, however. And one company is betting that Queens and Brooklyn residents — especially those affected by the looming L train shutdown — will flock to the new mode of transportation once it becomes widely available.

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