0.8 min readBy Published On: November 19th, 2018Categories: News6 Comments on Take the Survey: Livable Streets

Livable Streets would like Southie residents to take their survey about what your priorities are for improving safety on South Boston streets.  Kindly take a moment to take the survey.  Thank you!

From Livable Streets:

After a spree of recent traffic crashes, including one that claimed the life of a 2 year-old in July 2018, neighbors in South Boston are calling for increased safety measures. Since 2016, there have been more than 50 car crashes along L Street alone. Residents have pointed out that speeding cars have long been a problem on narrow, residential streets, and have called on city leaders to make significant changes to provide traffic calming, and make the neighborhood safer for seniors, children, and people walking and biking. 

Your input can help to inform the conversations that are happening in South Boston right now. If you live, work, or travel through South Boston, please take our South Boston Street Safety Survey today.

Questions? Contact [email protected]


  1. Eleanor November 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    They advocate for lengthening of bus stops-sounds harmless, even good.. Have you seen where they put the “No Parking from here to curb Bus Stop” sign on N and Broadway….it takes up a THIRD of the BLOCK!! Go look. It is absolutely insane. Not sure what this group is or why this isn’t being done by City of Boston.

    • Not So New to The Hood November 20, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      I have the same “not sure what this group is” about a lot of different 3rd party groups. Including all of these neighborhood associations that have some power, but also no power at the same time.

      By the way, that stop is elongated because it is far & away the most popular spot to catch the 7,9 or 10. Often the 7 comes in tandem because of the insane demand so there needs to be space for 2 buses from time to time. Not saying the loading area should be as big as it is, but that is why it is as big as it is.

      • Eleanor November 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        Thank you–good points sans the vitriol. A pleasure to read.

        Happy Thanksgiving

  2. IHeartSouthie November 20, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Took the survey, am a homeowner for over a decade in Southie. Have had various run ins with drivers and have been hit once.

    It’s great that this survey is focused on safety, but the issue is the sheer aggression of drivers. They need to focus on changing driver behavior first. No amount of crosswalks and signals will change this – we need 4-way stop signs on L street at every numbered street.

    I like what they tried out on Day Boulevard, but they need a permanent change – like protecting the new bike lane with a barrier that can be modular (maybe add a bunch of the white poles that were added to L street). I have seen cars just swerve around the speed humps and then keep blasting along like they are on the autobahn. A barrier would prevent this and force drivers to slow down so they don’t scrape their precious cars.

    • Tony November 20, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks for taking our survey. I also live in South Boston, am the person behind the survey, and agree that aggression and the lack of following rules are huge issues. Education is key, and so is new policy around enforcement, which is limited.

      I also agree that Day Boulevard could use some protection for the bike lane. I’ve seen people driving and parked in that space which is dangerous for everyone, not just cyclists.

      Unfortunately the biggest barrier to speed humps is the fire department. Boston’s fire department continually says that it will slow down response times too much. Many other cities, including Cambridge, have speed humps and still have reasonable response times. So, it’s about pushing politicians to say we can have slightly slower response times in certain areas if it prioritizes daily safety at that intersection. I think there’s a compromise out there.

  3. Ian November 20, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Speed humps at every intersection on L st. Plastic white poles are a good start but speed humps will help more

    Also, why no speed humps on E 8th? They are on Marine & other side streets closer to broadway, but not on 8th…

    While we’re at it, one ways make a lot of sense

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