December 4, 2023

Native Information

Boston will get 500 new velocity humps over the following three years to assist scale back dashing on quieter facet streets.

Boston neighborhoods will see 500 new velocity humps constructed over the following three years as a part of a brand new metropolis challenge to cut back dashing in residential areas.

In contrast to typical velocity bumps, town’s new velocity “humps” are gradual mounds of asphalt constructed into the pavement. They’re about 13 ft lengthy and three inches tall, and are simply pushed over at 20 miles per hour or beneath. The velocity humps shall be marked by yellow indicators to make drivers conscious of their presence. 

Metropolis officers say the challenge will assist handle the problem of dashing automobiles to make neighborhoods safer for individuals who stay, stroll, and bike on the roadways.

The challenge will outcome within the set up of between 40 and 50 miles of “traffic-calmed” streets every year — primarily on smaller facet streets, as velocity humps aren’t acceptable for wider, busier streets or for streets with MBTA routes. They don’t impede avenue sweeping, snow plowing, or avenue parking, in line with metropolis officers.

“We all the time construct velocity humps in a sequence. On any given avenue, drivers will encounter a velocity hump each 150 to 250 ft. As a result of they’ll see the following velocity hump forward, persons are extra more likely to drive a constant, slower velocity,” metropolis officers stated in a information launch. “We construct velocity humps on a bunch of streets directly. This prevents drivers from merely taking a avenue one block additional away to keep away from velocity humps.”