A few months back, Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Boston announced a new safe streets initiative by installing speed humps in the neighborhoods throughout Boston.
If you’re asking what are speed humps? Here’s the scoop via the City of Boston’s website:
Speed humps are gradual mounds of asphalt built into the pavement. They are about 3 inches high and between 12 and 14 feet long. Speed humps are comfortable to drive over at 20 miles per hour or less.
We paint white triangles on the street and install yellow “Speed Hump” signs so drivers are aware.
Speed humps are a primary tool to address traffic speeds and make our neighborhoods more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, and play there. We plan to install up to 500 speed humps on an annual basis. That’s between 40 and 50 miles of traffic-calmed streets each year!
On Monday morning, without warning, the City began to install speed humps on M Street on every block…yes, every block.
If you’re wondering if speed humps will be coming to your street, you can use this map to find out. Type your address into the search bar, then click on your street.
So there you have it. Traffic will be slowed down in the neighborhood, whether you like it or not.
The City’s website states in regards to community input about the speed humps- “Speed humps are a standard tool for safety on our streets. In order to deliver these tools more quickly and in more neighborhoods, we will not be able to host or attend community meetings about their design. Residents will be notified when their street is being considered for speed humps and ahead of construction.”
You can learn more about this initiative here.
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