Slow Down!  Slow Streets Program

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 .


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  1. They should start with the MBTA buses that sometimes look like runaway trains barreling down Broadway!!

  2. Agreed, doubt they are going the 25 mph citywide speed limit. More like 45 mph on east 8th.

  3. So agree with the bus observations. Not only speeding but breaking rules/laws. Going through red lights/ stop signs; not pulling into designated bus stops but hanging out just enough to effect the lane that they should not be in; and pulling out from those stops without any regards to the car to the left that is already in the lane; Phil.

  4. With all due respect, why should neighborhoods have to apply for this? If these measures are indeed low-cost and quick-install, they should be standard in all neighborhoods, particularly near parks, schools, senior housing, etc.

  5. The intersection at N and Broadway is horrible. If you stand there for 3 minutes you WILL witness a close call with vehicles trying to take a left onto Broadway from N street. The spot (which is a tow zone) at that corner is never enforced and there is always a vehicle there–you almost HAVE to pull into the oncoming lane of traffic just to see what is coming.

  6. The worst intersection in SOUTHIE by far is Emerson and Broadway..especially if your heading ( on foot with carriage) towards city point..they whip down Emerson from Broadway..also often cars are parked on the crosswalk.