The New York City Department of Transportation "slow zones" program is currently accepting applications for community groups that want the City to slow traffic on local streets and improve pedestrian safety. Would this work in Hudson Heights? Below is some information that was prepared by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.
NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is currently accepting
applications to the Neighborhood Slow Zone program.
Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) strongly encourages you to find out about
this important street safety program!
Applications are due May 31st. T.A. is proud to have fought to bring this
new safety solution to New York City, and we're here to help any community
group interested in applying.
What is a Slow Zone?
Neighborhood Slow Zones reduce the speed limit on residential streets from
30 mph to 20 mph. Slow Zones grant local families peace of mind because they
know drivers in their communities will stick to safer speeds.
Communities that apply for a Slow Zone can get safety improvements that
reduce traffic crashes, cut-through traffic and traffic noise, making
residential streets safer for biking and walking.
Who can apply?
Community boards, civic associations, BIDs, elected officials or other
community institutions such as schools or churches can apply.
What can qualify as a Slow Zone?
· Pick a primarily residential area about 5 blocks by 5 blocks in size
· Avoid including wide streets, industrial sites and major commercial areas
within the Slow Zone
· Pick an area with strong boundaries (e.g. Slow Zone borders can be major
streets, highways, large parks or elevated train tracks)
How do I apply?
Download the application, and follow NYCDOT¹s application instructions.
Applications must demonstrate local support for the Neighborhood Slow Zone.
Applications that include letters of support from key community stakeholders
will be prioritized.
Are you interested, but don't know where to begin? Need help drumming up
Transportation Alternatives is here to help! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or
call us at 212-629-8080.