The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

PHNDC to request a Neighborhood Slow Zone for Prospect Heights
Posted: January 7, 2012 - 7:20pm

Proposed Neighborhood Slow Zone for Prospect Heights

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council plans to submit an application to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) for a "Prospect Heights Neighborhood Slow Zone". The streets to be included in the slow zone are shown in blue on the map above.

Neighborhood Slow Zones (NSZ) are a DOT program that reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behavior. The ultimate goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zone program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes and to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods. The application deadline is February 3, 2012.

PHNDC believes that the safety and quality-of-life of Prospect Heights would be greatly improved by a NSZ. Most streets within Prospect Heights already experience a significant amount of cut-through traffic, and based on conservative estimates, traffic will get worse with the opening of the Barclays Center arena in September 2012. A NSZ in Prospect Heights will not only reduce the speed of traffic, thereby increasing safety and reducing traffic noise, but may also encourage drivers to circumvent the neighborhood altogether and remain on major arterial roadways.

You can help win a NSZ for Prospect Heights by signing our online petition. The petition signatures (names and addresses) will be an Exhibit in our Application. Strong community support is essential for NYC DOT’s selection of Prospect Heights as a Neighborhood Slow Zone.