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 cut-through traffic, and
- add to the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Stonybrook is one of two pilot communities that joined the program in 2016.
We’re excited to say that we’re well into the implementation phase of the Slow Streets project in your neighborhood. We’ve come a very long way in a short period of time. From having 0 Slow Streets zones, to bringing the designs for the two pilot communities from concept, through design, and into the real world, and welcoming 5 new communities into the program, we’ve made a lot of progress!
You've probably noticed that we're not *quite* done yet. Unfortunately, winter is approaching, so we must pause for now. But, as soon as the weather warms up next spring, we’ll be ready to get right back to work on the finishing touches, including markings for the "gateway” treatments and daylighting areas, and some of the signage.
We appreciate your patience as we pilot construction in your neighborhood! This is our first time implementing Slow Streets zones, so each step is a learning experience for us. We’ll learn from this too. Due to a delay in getting the materials, we were unable to pilot the diverter this fall. Installing it in the spring will give us more time to work on outreach and evaluation.
Thanks, and we’re so excited to continue to make progress on improving streets in our communities!
On November 1, 2017, Mayor Walsh joined Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca and Chief of Streets Chris Osgood to celebrate construction of the Stonybrook pilot. We express gratitude to all neighbors who helped champion the project and provided feedback on the design.
Update: We will pilot a temporary traffic diverter on Dungarven Road in Jamaica Plain in 2018.
We are piloting a traffic diverter on Dungarven Road just south of the intersection with Gartland Street. The diverter is a recommended strategy to:
- discourage people from driving the wrong way on Washington Street
- discourage drivers from cutting through Hatoff’s driveways
- discourage and eventually end wrong-way driving on Williams Street
- reduce the number of people navigating the low-visibility intersection of Dungarven/Kenton, and
- reduce the volume of thru traffic on Kenton Road.
We’ve compiled a list of questions, and answers, that have been posed by members of the Stonybrook community. We’ve also included an outline of the public meeting that was held in September, and the additional feedback that we received after the meeting.
We continue to revise and review plans for both the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle and Stonybrook Neighborhoods. Residents provided lots of thoughtful feedback and posed many questions. We hope to address each one through the revisions process. We will post updated plans and any upcoming meetings this spring.
The City of Boston has developed a plan to calm traffic in the Stonybrook neighborhood. Our proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 mph. This would make each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.
- View the September 7 presentation (PDF)
- View the September 7 detailed plans (PDF)
- Learn more about speed humps (PDF)
- Send us your comments by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share your comments with us by September 23, 2016.
Our plans include:
- Signs to alert people that they are entering a Neighborhood Slow Streets area with a speed limit of 20 mph and ahead of any traffic calming devices.
- Pavement markings to help organize the streets and indicate traffic calming devices.
- Speed humps to self-enforce driver speeds on each route through the neighborhood. Speed humps are typically 4 inches at their highest point and 12 - 14 feet long. People in cars and on bikes can comfortably travel over them at safe speeds, and they do not impact parking or drainage.
- Daylighting and curb extensions to enforce no-parking restrictions and improve visibility of crosswalks and other drivers at intersections.
- Raised crosswalks to help emphasize pedestrians crossing the street.
Representatives from Vision Zero Boston met with the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. They gave an introductory presentation to explain the basic concepts and goals of Vision Zero and Neighborhood Slow Streets, and to get initial feedback.
Representatives from Vision Zero Boston gave an introductory presentation to explain the basic concepts and goals of Vision Zero and Neighborhood Slow Streets, and to get initial feedback. After the presentation, we walked through the neighborhood with community members so that we could learn more about their concerns.