Neighborhood Slow Streets
Neighborhood Slow Streets focuses on improving street safety at the neighborhood scale. We work alongside communities to understand safety issues. We then propose small scale improvements that have a long-lasting impact.
The neighborhood streets within each Neighborhood Slow Streets area will have a speed limit of 20 mph — instead of the citywide 25 mph. We're also building design changes that address the most serious safety issues at crossings and intersections that have the highest concentration of crashes.
This program specifically focuses on solutions that are for smaller, residential streets. View a map of all projects in the City that are slowing speeds and improving safety, including those on larger streets.
2022 Construction Season Update
We are focused on construction in 10 Neighborhood Slow Streets priority zones.
construction in 2022
Construction for street projects, including projects in Neighborhood Slow Streets zones, will resume in mid-March 2022.
Our Neighborhood Slow Streets program makes lasting safety and quality of life improvements for our residents. Each zone's design includes reconstruction of several intersections. That's in addition to tools such as speed humps, pavement markings, and signs. Our engineering designs have been fully approved and are ready for construction for all 10 zones.
When construction is scheduled, we will send an update to our email list for that zone. We will also send direct mail to addresses in our database. Construction crews will post "No Parking" signs at least 48 hours before any work that impacts parking.
You can expect different construction crews for each part of the design plan. Construction schedules are weather-dependent. You can generally expect the following:
- Speed humps: Construction may take a few days. The speed humps will have temporary paint and signage.
- Construction of curb extensions, raised crosswalks, crossing islands, and/or roundabouts: Construction may take a week or more. The intersection involved will be repaved. Final pavement markings will be installed no sooner than 72 hours after repaving.
- Clear corners: Signs and pavement markings for clear corners have already been installed.
- Washington-Harvard-Norwell Slow Streets zone
- Dorchester United Neighborhood (DUN) Slow Streets zone
- Grove Hall / Quincy Corridor Slow Streets zone
- Highland Park Slow Streets zone
- Redefine Our Community (ROC) Slow Streets zone
construction will begin in 2022 in:
Neighborhood specific pages
About the program
Instead of planning and putting in place changes on one street at a time, Boston will address an entire “zone” within a neighborhood.
We will look at every street within the zone to find problems and design solutions. We'll do this while working with the community. We anticipate traffic-calming elements and safety improvements will be proposed for almost every street within the zone.
When each zone’s plan is put in place, streets will have visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 mph. This will make each street feel more inviting for people of all ages who are walking, playing, or bicycling. The Neighborhood Slow Streets program will emphasize long-lasting improvements for safety and quality life, with a focus on accessibility. Our common tools include:
- Reconstructed intersections,
- Speed humps,
- Better crosswalks, and
- Clear corners.
Street Safety Design Tools
Learn about common street design tools and how we use them to make streets safer in Neighborhood Slow Streets plans.
2020 Zones and Evaluation
We prioritized three new zones to join the Neighborhood Slow Streets program in 2020:
- Hancock Street Triangle (Dorchester)
- Lower South Street and Vicinity (Roslindale)
- Moreland Street and Mount Pleasant Avenue (Roxbury)
Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we temporarily changed our approach to prioritizing neighborhood zones. Rather than our typical nomination process, we decided to rescore all proposed zones from both previous rounds of applications.
2018 zones and evaluation
We are prioritized five zones to join the Neighborhood Slow Streets Program in 2018:
These five zones were selected through an objective evaluation process. We based this process on the pre-established criteria described on our web page and in application materials.
*Note: This document is not intended for printing. If you need to print any of the pages, use one of the documents provided in the "Print" section of the 2018 evaluation process page.
2017 zones and evaluation
Five communities joined the Neighborhood Slow Streets Program in 2017:
These five zones were prioritized through an objective evaluation process. We based this process on the pre-established criteria described on our web page and in application materials.
*Note: This document is not intended for printing. If you need to print any of the pages, use one of the documents provided in the "Print" section of the 2017 evaluation process page.