The Town of Hempstead has officially called for a reduced speed limit on Lido Boulevard, meeting a request raised by the Long Beach Public Schools in collaboration with Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, the Point Lookout Civic Association and the Lido Point Lookout Fire District. The speed limit for the area extending from the Loop Parkway through Blackheath Road was lowered from 40 to 30 miles per hour. 

In July, the Long Beach Public Schools urged the Town to consider this reduction, and were supported by endorsements and letters from Councilwoman Sweeney and other officials and local entities. 

“On behalf of the Long Beach Public Schools, I want to express my appreciation to Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and the Town of Hempstead for their approval of lowering the speed limit on portions of Lido Boulevard,” said Chief Operating Officer Michael DeVito. “More than 700 Long Beach middle school and high school students travel on foot and bicycle during rush hours, so I am extremely pleased that the Town has taken the necessary steps to make this trip safer for the students of our community.” 

Mr. DeVito noted that the district remains committed to continuing its bicycle and pedestrian safety awareness program for students and hopes that the reduced speed limit along Lido Boulevard will also change the mindset of drivers.