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.
The Talbot-Norfolk Triangle is one of two pilot communities that joined the program in 2016.
We are currently working to implement the plan this fall. We plan to begin construction in September.
Before moving forward, we'll join the TNT community at the September 26 TNT Neighbors United meeting. We plan to discuss the final design and construction timeline. Members of the community are invited to come and ask questions about the project.
We are working on preparing a single PDF of the final plans. It will be added here before the community 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 meeting was held at Prayer Tower Apostolic Church, 151 Norfolk St., Dorchester, at 6:30 p.m. Comments were accepted via email through October 11, 2016.
The City of Boston has developed a plan to calm traffic in the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle neighborhood. Our proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 mph. We want to make each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.
- View the September 27 presentation (PDF)
- View the September 27 detailed plans (PDF)
- Learn more about speed humps (PDF)
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 gave an introductory presentation. We explained the basic concepts and goals of Vision Zero and Neighborhood Slow Streets, and got initial feedback.
Representatives from Vision Zero Boston, TNT Neighbors United, and the Codman Square NDC walked through the neighborhood with community members. They learned more about their concerns, and reviewed the August 2015 Eco-Teens TNT Walk Audit Report (PDF).