Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island’s longest commercial roadway, serves as one of the borough’s primary arterial roadways and is the only continuous north-south route on the South Shore of Staten Island. Throughout this corridor, there are many residential communities and active commercial districts that attract high volumes of vehicular traffic. In addition, Hylan Boulevard serves as a principal commuter route to and from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and serves as an alternate route to the Outerbridge Crossing. On a typical weekday, 44,000 vehicles and 32,000 bus riders use the 14-mile-long corridor.
Since 2012, over 900 people were injured in crashes along Hylan Boulevard. Fourteen of those crashes were fatal.
The recent spike in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on Hylan Boulevard has revealed the need for a series of street design improvements on the corridor. Every year since 2013, more pedestrians have been killed along Hylan Boulevard than motorists despite high rates of car use within the borough. These fatal collisions underscore the street design issues currently plaguing Hylan Boulevard: a severe lack of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure.
The TransAlt Staten Island Activist Committee is calling for a ''Complete Street'' with traffic calming measures, pedestrian safety improvements and protected bike lanes on Hylan Boulevard to reduce lethal speeding, boost local business and improve quality of life along the entire corridor.
Read the TransAlt mini-report Is Hylan Boulevard the new "Boulevard of Death"?