Two Years Later, Alphabet City ‘Slow Zone’ Championed as Success

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 at 5:04 am by
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Two years after the city carved out a “Slow Zone” in Alphabet City, the results of said implementation are in. And it’s good news.

DOT official Alicia Posner briefed the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 this week on the new data. The CliffsNotes version is that, since its introduction in 2014, there’s been a reduction in crashes with injuries (23%), total crashes (14%), and pedestrian injuries (36%); overall vehicle speeds also dropped double-digit percentage points.

Getting a slow zone isn’t easy, though. It’s a competitive program that saw only sixteen of seventy-four applicant areas receive the benefits overall slower speeds (20 mph) and bumps. The Alphabet City Slow Zone represents the largest such designation in New York City, and was chosen due to the number of crashes (six per mile), natural grid boundaries, and deluge of support letters from the community.

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