Street safety toolkit
The Boston Transportation and Public Works Departments design streets to improve safety for people walking, biking, and driving on streets.
The City of Boston uses many tools to improve safety and comfort on City streets. Not every tool works on every street. Sometimes multiple tools are used in the same location. It all starts with an understanding of the concerns and issues in a specific location or on a certain street.
Below, we share some of the common tools we use. In some places, we will use a combination of these tools. We may also use other tools on a case-by-case basis.
We start with your safety concernsCommon safety concerns
When you tell us about a crosswalk that feels unsafe, we have a set of tools we could use to make things better. We listen to you, collect data, conduct observations, and propose the best tool (or tools!) for the job.
Many residents are concerned about intersections. We have different tools to help make them safer. Some tools also slow speeds or create safer crossings.
We hear your concern about drivers going too fast. We have different tools for different types of streets. All of them help to encourage slower, safer driving speeds.