Slow Streets - Neighborhood Traffic Calming
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.
BLUE HILLS PILOT INSTALLATION
This past year, the City of Hartford has been working to design slower, safer streets in Blue Hills. After several community conversations and workshops, the team is looking to install a temporary safety improvement pilot project in the neighborhood. Check out the brochure below to see visual examples of the temporary pilot installation.
Please note, there will be an open house event on Saturday, December 16 from 11:30AM-1:30PM at Rawson Elementary School Gymnasium. At the event, you can learn more about the installation and how it helps reduce speeds and make our streets slower and safer. The project team will also be available to discuss the pilot project process as well as the larger effort to introduce traffic calming and speed reduction to the greater neighborhood area.