via GOOD | New ‘Slow Zones’ Make NYC Streets Safer and Greener
“This week, New York City opened its first neighborhood slow zone, a six-block-square area of the Bronx where the speed limit is now 20 mph, compared to 30 in the rest of the city….The neighborhood is mostly residential, with a high concentration of schools and a history of injuries and fatalities. The city’s transportation commission, Janette Sadik-Khan, spoke at the opening ceremony for slow zone about how it will make the streets safer. But it will also make them greener: slower speed limits make roads more accessible to anyone not in a car….
The real triumph of slow zones is that they acknowledge that streets don’t need to be reserved for cars. The more they’re used for other forms for transportation, the more people will feel safe trading in one form of wheels for another….Green transportation advocates support measures like traffic calming and slow zones because they open up the streets and indirectly promote the use of alternative forms of transportation.”