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Apparently the action on Bond Street north of Union Street was a bit too fast: according to some new signage, it’s now a “Neighborhood Slow Zone.” The street got two new signs, anchored into the asphalt by big, plastic containers, and a new set of white paint demarkations that reduce traffic down to one lane from two and impose a 20mph speed limit. Similar signs and demarkations have been installed elsewhere in the neighborhood as well.

Earlier this year the neighborhood got several giant new speed humps, including those on Bond Street between Douglass and Wyckoff Streets, on the eastern edge of the Gowanus Houses. Together, these new traffic restrictions should serve to stop motorists from whizzing up Bond Street, a two lane-wide pass with limited traffic that was previously ideal for speeding. The stretch of Hoyt Street on the western edge of the Gowanus Houses got a similar treatment.

Council Member Stephen Levin submitted the application for this stretch of street to become an official Neighborhood Slow Zone, officially called the Boerum Hill Slow Zone. Read all about right here.

Here’s what the NYC Department of Transportation has to say about Neighborhood Slow Zones in general:

Neighborhood Slow Zones are a community-based program that reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behavior. The ultimate goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zone 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.

DOT creates Slow Zones in response to applications from communities. After each round of applications, DOT selects appropriate locations and works with the community to devise a plan to install the Slow Zone. Slow Zones must be approved by the local Community Board. DOT has worked with communities throughout the city to create Slow Zones.Read more about the proposed and installed slow zones

Slow Zone Treatments

Neighborhood Slow Zones are established in small, self-contained areas that consist primarily of local streets. Gateways announce the presence of a Slow Zone. A gateway is a set of signs and markings at an intersection to alert drivers to the reduced speed limit. An average of one or two parking spaces are typically removed to construct each gateway.

The zone itself is a self-enforcing, reduced-speed area with speed bumps, markings and other traffic calming treatments. Slow Zones are implemented in areas with low traffic volumes and minimal through traffic, where reducing the speed limit will not cause traffic congestion.

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