NYPD ordered 200, from the current 56 spread citywide, new speed guns as part of the city's Vision Zero efforts. Credit: Department of Transportation
The first round of slow zones for drivers around the city go full live on Monday, including one that stretches slightly more than 8 miles along Broadway in Manhattan.
Speed limits drop to 25 mph from the longstanding 30 mph in 13 zones across the five boroughs. Among the new slow zones are the 8.3 miles between 59th and 220th streets along Broadway.
Zones will be also be established along at Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, between East 161 Street and Bainbridge Avenue, where there were five reported fatalities between 2008 and 2012.
A stretch along Utica and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn will also see a drop in speed limits, as will parts of Houston Street, Park Avenue and Bowery in Manhattan as well as Roosevelt Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue in Queens.
“We are glad to work closely with local communities in bringing these life saving measures to corridors across the city,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement Friday.
Slow zones one initiative announced under Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero program to reduce and eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the city.
In June, lawmakers in Albany also passed another initiative supported by the de Blasio administration to allow the city to drop speeds citywide to 25 mph.