2.4 min readBy Published On: September 24th, 2021Categories: News0 Comments

Making Southie a little safer

Back in June, over 200 people gathered at the N Street entrance of M Street Park at N + Broadway to discuss pedestrian/traffic safety concerns after a man was killed on his motorcycle at this intersection.

Well, we are happy to report that flex posts have been installed at this intersection. Basically these posts help by eliminating cars parked too close to the intersection to help with driver and pedestrians with visibility. It’s step in the right direction.

N Street isn’t the only problem area for traffic/pedestrian safety issues in the neighborhood.  L + 6thFarragut RoadSummer Street and Day Blvd. have all had serious incidents involving speeding cars and or distracted drivers – and sadly incidents resulting in death.

City Councilor Ed Flynn as also recommended multiple 12 point plans to the city over the last several years regarding traffic calming infrastructure, including, speed humps, raised crosswalks, rapid flash beacons with pedestrian island, road diets and cur extensions.

The following was requested from South Boston Families For Safe Streets and Sidewalks back in 2018.  You are encouraged to reach out to our local elected officials for change

OUR COMMUNITY DESERVES THE FOLLOWING MEASURES BE UNDERTAKEN:

1. ENFORCEMENT: Immediate enforcement of speed limits and adherence to stop signs and traffic signals;
2. TRAFFIC CALMING: Immediate traffic calming measures (speed humps, stop signs, flashing lights, traffic lights) installed on L Street, Day Blvd, Farragut Road, Dorchester Street, and I Street to deter/slow “cut through” commuters.
3. IMPROVED VISIBILITY OF PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS: Place flashing yellow cross-walk lights and raised cross-walks on main thoroughfares like Day Boulevard and L Street. Crash data collected by MassDOT demonstrates that there is a higher crash rate during summer months and rush hour;
4. ADMISSION TO THE SLOW STREETS PROGRAM. In 2017 City Point was denied acceptance into slow streets program despite an application.
5. COMPREHENSIVE TRAFFIC STUDY: South Boston needs a comprehensive traffic study conducted by BTD that evaluates pedestrian safety into the overall traffic analysis, not the current study being done to facilitate MBTA bus placement.
6. LONG TERM PLANNING: Demonstrate a long-term plan for dealing with “cut-through” commuters such as congestion pricing or tolls for out-of-town commuters.

We are joining together to DEMAND action to make our streets and sidewalks safe.

Contact your local elected officials:

Mayor Kim Janey – [email protected]
Congressman Stephen Lynch – email him here
Senator Nick Collins  – [email protected]
City Councilor at-Large Michael Flaherty – [email protected]
City Councilor Ed Flynn – [email protected]
City Councilor at-Large Michelle Wu – [email protected]
City Councilor at-Large Annissa George – [email protected]
City Councilor at-Large Julia Mejia – [email protected]

For a list of city councilors phone numbers, you can visit here! 

Special thank you to Yvette McGrath for advocating for pedestrian safety and for sending us this photo!

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