Slow Streets - Neighborhood Traffic Calming

Slow Street Sign on Hampton Street

In 2018, Degree® Deodorant and Blue Zones® announced the five cities that were awarded $100,000 each to implement innovative and transformative community projects to help people get moving naturally for generations to come. The Hartford project would host the state’s first bike boulevard on Hampton Street, which became a specially-marked, low-traffic, low-speed street designated for riders of all ages and abilities.

Evaluation and outreach on the program continued in 2022. Based on traffic data and resident surveys, the Hampton Street pilot was found to be an effective traffic calming installation, and the City is working to transition the pilot to a permanent design. In addition, since that time, the City has evolved the Slow Streets program to support safer streets across neighborhoods. Frog Hollow's Babcock/Affleck Streets, West End's Beacon/N Beacon Streets, Lyme/Palm/Granby/Cornwall Streets in Blue Hills, and Garden/Greenfield/Mahl/FD Oates/Pavilion Streets are the current focus areas of the 2023 program. 

As part of the design process, the City is hosting workshops to support community-informed street design. Presentations from those meetings are available in the right sidebar.