Slow Zones

Working Together for Slower and Safer Streets

New York City’s Department of Transportation has launched an initiative to implement neighborhood slow zones, a community-based program that reduces the speed limit to 20 mph (down from 30 mph, the citywide speed limit) within a select area and adds other measures to change driver behavior and help improve safety, in neighborhoods that apply for the program. The ultimate goal of the program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods.

The Civic Council organized a community-wide meeting on Jan. 21, 2012, to review the pros and cons of the initiative; some 75 people joined us to learn more about the program and consider whether (or how) it would work in Park Slope. Another spirited discussion on the issue took place at our Feb. 2 Trustees Meeting, after which the Civic Council’s trustees voted in favor of an application for slow zones that would encompass Park Slope.

The Civic Council submitted the application jointly with Park Slope Neighbors in early February. (You can download that and other important documents below.)

The application is just an early step in what is likely to be a lengthy process. First of all, DOT will not implement all applications that are received; available funds will cover only a limited number of zones citywide. For those applications DOT decides to pursue further, there will be an extensive process of community engagement that applicants and their supporters will be expected to assist with – helping to publicize community meetings, among other things. And no slow zone will be implemented without the approval of the local community board.

You can keep abreast of the progress of this initiative in Park Slope and neighboring communities on our website and in Civic News.


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