Washington - Harvard - Norwell
Neighborhood Slow Streets is Boston's approach to traffic calming on residential streets. 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.
The Washington - Harvard - Norwell neighborhood is one of five communities selected to join the program in 2018.
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We joined community members for a neighborhood walk on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. This walk was an opportunity for community members to share their transportation-related safety concerns. We started at Harvard Street and Norwell Street and neighbors were welcome to join all or some of the walk.
The walk was not the only time or place for community members to provide input on the Neighborhood Slow Streets project. Neighbors can also share their concerns:
- on the Vision Zero Safety Concerns map
- by sending an email to email@example.com
- by calling 617-635-4765, or
- at future community meetings.
What we learned from the walk will supplement:
- engineering observations
- data collected through speed and volume studies, and
- the information provided on the Safety Concerns map and through email and phone calls.
Zone streets* - Streets that will be evaluated for traffic calming improvements
Private ways - Streets that are privately owned, so we will not be able to make changes to them
Streets in other zones - Streets that are being evaluated for traffic calming as part of other zones
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
Open space - Parks and other open spaces
*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."
2018 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.