Dorchester Unified Neighborhood - East and West
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 Dorchester Unified Neighborhood (West Codman Hill) consists of two Slow Streets Zones:
- Dorchester Unified Neighborhood East, and
- Dorchester Unified Neighborhood West.
Three other communities were selected to join the program in 2018.
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Key Safety Improvements
We shared concept designs at the Dorchester Unified Neighborhood Association public meeting on May 29 at the Boston International High School.
At the Redefine Our Community Slow Streets meeting on June 20, 2019, we shared traffic-calming concepts for streets north of Evans Street, including the Milton Avenue/Edson Street intersection.
We joined community members for a neighborhood walk on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 1 p.m. This walk was an opportunity for community members to share their transportation-related safety concerns. We started at Milton Avenue and Armandine Street. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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.