Mount Hope / Canterbury
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.
Mount Hope / Canterbury is one of five communities that was selected to join the program in 2017.
This summer, we reviewed feedback and updated our designs to reflect community concerns and engineering considerations.
We are currently revising the curb extension design at Mt. Calvary Road and Canterbury Street. The new design addresses drainage and accessibility. We shared updates at a neighborhood meeting on October 10, 2019.
After the July 19, 2018, public meeting, we collected feedback on the concept plan through an online survey. Community members were asked to give feedback on:
- a circle or square / four-way stop option for the intersection of Canterbury at Mount Hope Street and Mount Calvary Road
- speed humps and a contraflow bike lane or a chicane (parking switching sides to create an "S" curve) on Mount Hope Street, and
- the concept plan in general.
We joined community members for a neighborhood walk on Wednesday, October 4, at 4:30 p.m. We started at Walk Hill Street and Paine Street. 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.
2017 Application Period
Neighborhood Slow Streets prioritizes street safety improvements in areas:
- with a history of serious crashes
- with a high number of residents more likely to be killed or seriously injured walking or biking (children, older adults, and people living with disabilities)
- that include places people may walk or bike to (schools, libraries, parks, community centers, bus stops, or transit stations), and
- near existing or planned opportunities for walking, biking, or taking transit.