Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Clinton Hill To Be 'Slow Zoned' in 2014; Crown Heights and Prospect Heights by 2016

Photo: Jonas B.
On October 11 the NYC Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Slow Zones Initiative announced five new slow zones for the city, including one for Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The 2014 slow zones, which lower speed limits from 30 mph to 20 mph where needed (in addition to adding new signage, street markings, and speed bumps to city blocks) will help combat speeding in a neighborhood that is seeing increased commercial and residential development, as well as a sharp increase in bike riding.

According to Council Member Letitia James, Clinton Hill was selected for the program following strong community support. The administration also announced an additional 10 slow zones to be placed throughout the city — including the 35th District neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights, in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

For the 2014 slow zone, the area borders Lafayette Avenue to Fulton Street, and Washington Avenue stretching beyond Classon Avenue, extending two blocks into Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Council Member James said, “Clinton Hill is beginning to experience record high traffic, on par with its neighbor Fort Greene. With numerous schools and day care centers that span this strip of Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant, I hope that these traffic calming measures will create a safer community for all.”

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