Restore Skillman & 43rd Avenues before there is a serious injury!

Mayor DeBlasio, NY DOT, and Jimmy Van Bramer

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There is disaster brewing on Skillman and 43rd Avenues in Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens. The Road Diet and protected bike lanes have failed, and instead of improving life in our neighborhood, they have put us in danger. I urge you to restore the roads to their former design, for everyone’s safety.

Documented issues with the DOT changes include:

·       Emergency response delayed “by crucial minutes” according to Uniformed Firefighters Association

·       Fire ladders can’t reach upper floors

·       No curb cut access for disabled people

·       Confusing street signs

·       Parking loss 44% greater than planned

·       18% losses in revenue by small businesses

·       Increased congestion

·       All pedestrians including pets and 3000 school children and seniors endangered by poor signage and obstructed visibility

We are unsafe, and these dangers are unacceptable.

Despite six months of efforts to stop the installation of the Road Diet and protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues, the plan moved forward and the problems are even worse than anticipated.

The entire community agrees that the DOT changes must be rolled back. Our demand is supported by our Congressman and Assemblywoman, religious & parochial schools, every house of worship, every business, and over 5000 residents.

As your constituents, we urge you to act now instead of standing idly by while we wait for tragedy to strike. Please remove DOT changes immediately and completely restore our streets to their former state. We need you to act before the changes cause serious injury or death.

Please Remove the Road Re-Design.

Watch our Videos of Emergency vehicles being delayed due to road diet!



Petition by
Queens Streets For All
Sunnyside, New York
Sponsored by

To: Mayor DeBlasio, NY DOT, and Jimmy Van Bramer
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned request that the N.Y.C. Department of Transportion approve the recommendations of the local citizens to restore Skillman and 43rd avenues in Woodside and Sunnyside. The protected bike lane model does not work on these smaller residential streets and is endangering the lives of people depending on speedy first responders; making lives more difficult for the differently abled, and negatively affecting local small businesses. Restore Skillman & 43rd Avenue now before someone is seriously injured!