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Vision Zero Boston
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Neighborhood Slow Streets

Neighborhood Slow Streets is a new approach to traffic calming requests in Boston, with a focus on street designs that self-enforce slower speeds and safer behaviors. Through this program, we aim to reduce the number and severity of crashes on residential streets, lessen the impacts of cut-through traffic, and add to the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

We are piloting this program with the Stonybrook neighborhood in Jamaica Plain and Talbot-Norfolk Triangle (TNT) neighborhood in Dorchester. The goal is to improve safety for people who are walking, biking, and driving in these neighborhoods.

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September 27, 2016, 6:30 PM

Talbot-Norfolk Triangle Community Meeting - Flyer (PDF)

Prayer Tower Apostolic Church | 151 Norfolk St, Dorchester

The City of Boston has developed a plan to calm traffic in the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle neighborhood. Our proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH—making each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.

You can:

Our plans include: 

  • Signs to alert people that they are entering a Neighborhood Slow Streets area with a speed limit of 20 mph and ahead of any traffic calming devices.
  • Pavement markings to help organize the streets and indicate traffic calming devices. 
  • Speed humps to self-enforce driver speeds on each route through the neighborhood. Speed humps are typically 4” at their highest point and 12 to 14 feet long. People in cars and on bikes can comfortably travel over them at safe speeds, and they do not impact parking or drainage.
  • Daylighting and curb extensions to enforce no-parking restrictions and improve visibility of crosswalks and other drivers at intersections.
  • Raised crosswalks to help emphasize pedestrians crossing the street. 

More details will be provided at the meeting and online after the meeting.

September 7, 2016, 6:30 PM

Stonybrook Community Meeting - View the presentation (PDF)

English High School, 144 McBride St, Jamaica Plain

The City of Boston has developed a plan to calm traffic in the Stonybrook neighborhood. Our proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH—making each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.

You can:

Our plans include: 

  • Signs to alert people that they are entering a Neighborhood Slow Streets area with a speed limit of 20 mph and ahead of any traffic calming devices.
  • Pavement markings to help organize the streets and indicate traffic calming devices. 
  • Speed humps to self-enforce driver speeds on each route through the neighborhood. Speed humps are typically 4” at their highest point and 12 to 14 feet long. People in cars and on bikes can comfortably travel over them at safe speeds, and they do not impact parking or drainage.
  • Daylighting and curb extensions to enforce no-parking restrictions and improve visibility of crosswalks and other drivers at intersections.
  • Raised crosswalks to help emphasize pedestrians crossing the street.

Feburary 8, 2016

Meeting with Stonybrook Neighborhood Association - View presentation (PDF)

Representatives from Vision Zero Boston gave an introductory presentation to explain the basic concepts and goals of Vision Zero and Neighborhood Slow Streets, and to get initial feedback.

December 1, 2015

Meeting with Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighbors United - View presentation (PDF)

Representatives from Vision Zero Boston gave an introductory presentation to explain the basic concepts and goals of Vision Zero and Neighborhood Slow Streets, and to get initial feedback.

November 24, 2015

Meeting and Neighborhood Walk with Stonybrook Neighborhood AssociationView presentation (PDF)

Representatives from Vision Zero Boston gave an introductory presentation to explain the basic concepts and goals of Vision Zero and Neighborhood Slow Streets, and to get initial feedback. After the presentation, we walked through the neighborhood with community members so that we could learn more about their concerns.

October 6, 2015

Neighborhood Walk

Representatives from Vision Zero Boston, TNT Neighbors United, and the Codman Square NDC walked through the neighborhood with community members to learn more about their concerns and review the August 2015 Eco-Teens TNT Walk Audit Report (PDF).

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