The following is a call to action from South Boston Families For Safe Streets and Sidewalks. You are encouraged to reach out to our local elected officials for change:
Families of South Boston are devastated by the loss of a young child who was fatally struck by a car while being pushed in his stroller on the L Street sidewalk. South Boston residents have repeatedly warned local officials that a tragic accident like this has been waiting to happen if drastic improvement measures to the current traffic circulation were not made. Every single day, thousands of commuters, uber/lyft vehicles, and visitors speed through our densely populated neighborhood. In the past two months alone, six pedestrians, including three small children, have been struck by vehicles traveling on our streets. Families cannot leave a baseball game on Farragut Road or cross Day Boulevard to bring their child to dance class without fear of being struck by a speeding vehicle/ distracted driver. Now, the horrific event that we have been warning about for years, has come to fruition. The time of inaction has ended. Our children, our neighbors, our elderly, our community, deserve safe streets and sidewalks.
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 Marty Walsh – MAYOR@BOSTON.GOV
Congressman Stephen Lynch – email him here
Senator Nick Collins – Nick.Collins@masenate.gov
City Councilor at-Large Michael Flaherty – Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilor Ed Flynn – email@example.com
City Councilor at-Large Michelle Wu – firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilor at-Large Annissa George – A.E.GEORGE@BOSTON.GOV
City Councilor at-Large Ayanna Pressley – AYANNA.PRESSLEY@BOSTON.GOV
A special community safety meeting will take place on Sunday, August 5th from 2pm-4pm at Medal of Honor Park/M St. Park. For more information, visit here!