Do you feel like everyone is speeding in your neighborhood? You know, flying down the street doing like 50 MPH. If you have small kids that play in the neighborhood or if you’re trying to cross the street, it’s a concern. (Read this!)
Well, the City of Boston Transportation (BTD) is now accepting applications for 2018 Neighborhood Slow Streets projects. Residents, neighborhood associations, and other community-based organizations are invited to apply to have their neighborhood participate in the Neighborhood Slow Streets. The program works to use “traffic calming” measures to improve roadway safety within a defined residential area. The BTD and the Boston Public Works Department will work with selected applicants to plan and implement Neighborhood Slow Streets projects that meet the specific needs of their communities.
Selected Neighborhood Slow Streets will be equipped with visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH, making each street feel more inviting for people of all ages who are walking, playing, bicycling and ….even street hockey! The program emphasizes quick-install and low-cost fixes, such as signage, pavement markings and speed humps. We secretly hope it also requires someone to wear a neon vest and hold a megaphone and yell at speeding drivers, “Slow down, a**hole!” Sign us up!
Applications must demonstrate strong local support. When selecting neighborhoods to join the program, the City will review crash history, the number of youth and older adults living in the neighborhood, and proximity to schools, parks, and community centers, among other factors. Deadline is Friday, August 24th.
More information on the Neighborhood Slow Streets program, including applications, are available at www.boston.gov/transportation/neighborhood-slow-streets .