“Everyone should feel safe and comfortable on their neighborhood streets,” the Department of Transportation say on their website. The Boston Safety Surge program was recently announced, where various city streets will get additional speed humps. The intent is to make neighborhoods a more comfortable and safe place to walk, bike, or roll.

NBC Boston shared this quote from City Mayor Michelle Wu discussing the initiative: “We want to make sure our streets are safer for drivers, for cyclists, for pedestrians and everyone who gets around.” Reducing the speed at which people drive is part of the solution, but there are additional measures to take. Using signal changes and speed humps immediately slow speeding. The expectation is then this reduces the number of crashes or speed-related accidents.

What Are Speed Humps?

In short, they are asphalt that is built into the pavement upon which they rest upon. They are typically a foot to 15 inches long and approximately three inches high. Most of them are smooth and offer a gradual ascend-to-descend roll. White triangles are painted atop the speed humps. Signs are installed so that drivers are aware they are there and that they are about to go over one.

Speed humps will be specific to side streets or smaller streets that do not get bus or truck traffic. They are installed in a consecutive “series” style approach.  This enforces a consistently slower pace at which cars must drive.

What’s The Plan?

Boston is currently targeting a three-year plan to strategically place these safety measures like speed humps in applicable neighborhoods.

“We mapped out small, connected networks of these streets. We then evaluated each area based on demographic information and crash history,” the city posting explains.

Finally, additional pieces of the Boston Safety Surge program include designing safer intersections and street signals. You can read the full press release from the City of Boston here.

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