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Boston's Citywide Transportation Plan

Pedestrian Safety Guidelines For Residential Streets
Guidelines to implement operational and design strategies in residential neighborhoods that enhance pedestrian safety, calm traffic, and improve quality of life.

Pedestrian Safety Guidelines For Residential Streets full report (6.16mb).

Needs Assessment and Project Evaluation

Table of Contents
Defining Residential Streets
Boston's Experience
National Experience

Guidelines for Regulatory or Physical Modifications
The Community's Role
Needs Assessment
Project Evaluation Process
Pilot Sites for Transportation Safety Program

Implementation Process
Community Support
Costs and Funding
Interagency Coordination
Evaluation of Effectiveness
The Boston Transportation Department seeks to improve pedestrian safety on residential streets by implementing measures that slow vehicles down and limit cut-through traffic on those streets. The BTD has developed these guidelines to provide a policy framework for the implementation of measures to improve safety. The guidelines also provide an overview of the program for the public, community leaders, and elected officials. It is anticipated that safety improvement measures will evolve over time, therefore this report is a "living" document and policies will be reevaluated periodically.

This report is a companion document to the BTD's Streetscape Guidelines for Boston's Major Roads, (1.94mb) which was issued in 1999. That document provides guidelines for developing appropriate streetscapes when constructing or reconstructing a "major road" in Boston. They were prepared to address public safety for all users and the equitable sharing of the public right-of-way for pedestrians, automobiles, bicycles, and public transportation vehicles.
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