Neighborhood Slow Streets is a new approach to traffic calming requests in Boston. We're focused on street designs that self-enforce slower speeds and safer behaviors. Through this program, we aim to:
- reduce the number and severity of crashes on residential streets
- lessen the impacts of traffic, and
- add to the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Highland Park is one of five communities that was selected to join the program in 2017.
This year, we shared draft plans at a neighborhood meeting. After the meeting, we reviewed feedback and updated designs to reflect community concerns.
As part of our Neighborhood Slow Streets project, we shared two options for slowing traffic and improving safety at the intersection:
- a mini-roundabout, or
- an all-way stop.
We heard neighbors’ preference for the mini-roundabout over the three-way stop option at community meetings and in our online feedback form. The mini-roundabout design:
- slows traffic while allowing continuing traffic flow
- requires drivers to yield to people crossing the street, and
- allows large vehicles, such as buses and trucks to drive over the mini-roundabout if necessary.
After the May 17, 2018, public meeting, we collected feedback on the focus areas through an online survey. Community members were asked to share their ideas for:
- improving crossing Center Street on foot
- managing traffic flow through the southern part of the neighborhood
- improving safety on Cedar Street near the Nathan Hale school
- improving safety on Millmont Street and Guild Street, and
- reducing speeds and improving safety on their street or at other locations.
We joined community members for a neighborhood walk on Monday, September 25, at 5:30 p.m. We started at the Roxbury Crossing MBTA stop. What we learned from the walk will supplement information:
- received in the application
- reported through the Vision Zero Safety Concerns map, and
- collected through speed and volume studies.
Neighbors were welcome to join all or some of the walk. The walk was not the only time or place that neighbors can provide input on the Neighborhood Slow Streets project. Neighbors can also share their concerns on the Vision Zero Safety Concerns map or at future public meetings about the project.
Zone streets* - Streets that we will evaluate for traffic calming improvements
Private ways - Streets that are privately owned, so we will not be able to make changes to them
Other streets - Streets that are outside of the zone, regardless of who owns them, or streets that are within the zone boundaries and will not be evaluated for traffic calming
*All streets that we will consider for changes are marked as "zone streets." During the planning process, we may determine that some streets won’t see any changes. We generally will not consider any additional streets that are not marked as “zone streets."