The NYC DOT announced this week that 15 neighborhoods across the city, including Brooklyn Heights, will become “slow zones” over the next two years. Speed limits in these areas will be lowered from the current 30 mph to 20 mph. Brooklyn Heights will join the group in 2016.
NYC.gov: Slow zones are marked by high-visibility blue gateway signs at all streets entering the area, with signs noting the 20 mph speed limit in the zone, as well as speed bumps and stenciling of “20 MPH” eight-foot-high letters to make clear that motorists are in a reduced speed area. The program was first announced in 2010 as part of the DOT’s landmark Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, and criteria considered in evaluating the Slow Zone applications included crash rates, community support, number of local schools, senior centers, daycare centers, subway stations and distinct boundaries. Areas that included fire stations, hospitals, and truck routes were avoided and the amount of bus routes were kept to a minimum inside the proposed zone. Following installation in 2011, the Claremont Slow Zone saw a 10 percent reduction in the worst speeding in the neighborhood, and across the city, speed bumps have been shown to reduce pedestrian crashes by more than 40 percent and reduce speeds by nearly 20 percent. In addition to Claremont, the other existing Slow Zone neighborhoods are Mt. Eden, Baychester, Eastchester and Riverdale in the Bronx; Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; Inwood in Northern Manhattan; Corona, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights/East Elmhurst and Auburndale in Queens; and New Brighton/St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank on Staten Island. In 2016, DOT plans to re-open the application process again and invites neighborhoods across the city to apply.
— Mike Kocurek (@mucow) October 11, 2013
— Peter Kaufman (@inklake) October 11, 2013