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Should Queens Blvd. Have Emergency Lanes?

Queens pol wants to see thoroughfare get same treatment as Manhattan avenues.

Queens Boulevard, otherwise known as "the Boulevard of Death," has had its fair share of improvements over the years, but it still lacks one feature — emergency lanes.

But that will all change if City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has his way, according to the New York Post.

While have made an effort to improve pedestrian safety, ambulances on the traffic artery still have to fight against traffic that often doesn't know how to clear the road, Vallone told the paper.

“In Manhattan they have these lanes and when you hear sirens you know exactly what lane to leave open, but as you sit on Queens Boulevard, where the traffic is just as bad, motorists have no idea what lane to leave empty,” Vallone was quoted by the Post.

So what do you think? Should Queens Boulevard get some emergency lanes? Let us know, share your thoughts in the comments and vote in the poll below.

Chris August 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Once, as I was walking along Queens Blvd from the Queens Center Mall back to the Forest Hills area, I witnessed an ambulance with its siren blaring that moved so slowly that I was going faster than it. That's pretty ridiculous. Personally, I think people should be encouraged to take mass transit rather than drive anyway, so additional congestion is not the end of the world.
Verdad August 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM
This is long overdue and would save lives not just those persons in an ambulance but drivers and pedestrians.
John August 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Besides an emergency lane, we should have dedicated bus and bicycle lanes. There is plenty of room. Improved bus service would decrease the need for cars. We need smarter people in local government with a vision for urban planning. Queens is sadly pathetic when compared to progress made in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Max Nocerino August 17, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Ah the Boulevard of Death, my mother said to me, wrning me of the dangers beyond. I think this is a wonderful idea. Almost was killed their myself a few years back. Thank Moses I survived.

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