Car dealerships are displaying their vehicles on the sidewalk along Northern Blvd and street safety advocates are sick of it.
Angela Stach of Transportation Alternatives and Cristina Furlong of Make Queens Safer, two pedestrian safety advocacy groups, have spoken out against these dealerships, stating that this practice creates a danger for pedestrians.
Both stated that these dealerships force pedestrians to walk around the vehicles, often into the street.
“It puts pedestrians in the very dangerous position of having to walk into oncoming traffic in the street,” Stach said. “Especially on Northern Boulevard, which is one of the most dangerous streets in Queens.”
There have already been a number of pedestrians hit and in some cases killed by vehicles along Northern Blvd, including an accident that left five people injured after a Mazda sedan struck them at a bus stop on Northern Boulevard and 48th Street, in February, 2014. Noshat Nahian, an 8-year-old heading to school, was struck and killed in December of 2013, while crossing the intersection at Northern Boulevard and 61st Street.
While the practice of dealerships parking on sidewalks had nothing to do with these incidents, “these dealerships along Northern Boulevard put more people at risk,” Furlong said. “It is really insulting to see nothing get done.”
Furlong said that there are over 20 dealerships and garages along Northern Boulevard from 40th Street down into the 60’s.
Funny how people have been compaining about this for years, but it's only when Transportation Alternatives gets involved that it's considered newsworthy.