Boerum Hill Slow Zone Coming Soon

Last night at the Community Board Two meeting, Council Member Steve Levin’s Chief of Staff Ashley Thompson announced to the board that the Boerum Hill Slow Zone would be installed in a few months. That means the speed will be reduced from 30 mph to 20 mph and the DOT will install “slow zone” signage, all meant to discourage cars from zipping through the neighborhood as a shortcut to the East River bridges. According to CB2, the DOT will also install 15 new speed bumps, pictured above in yellow. There were only five existing speed bumps in the area, which are pictured in grey. If you are interested in learning more about proposed speed bump sites, the DOT will present to the Community Board Two transportation committee at 6 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 180 Remsen Street. Once everything is installed, this will be the first slow zone in all of Brooklyn.
Image via CB2

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  • Political pandering. This means nothing without enforcement by NYPD. Speedbumps work tho.

  • The map shows a pretty expansive definition of “Boerum Hill,” extending into Gowanus the way down to Union St. Is that right? Isn’t a lot of that in CB6 territory, not CB2? I mean, sounds good to me, but I don’t quite get how that’s possible.

  • Ludicrous. First bike lanes making, among others, Smith Street impassable during rush hours. Then “traffic calming” islands that serve no apparent purpose other than killing a parking space. Then the debacle reworking of the entrance to the BQE on Atlantic jamming traffic on both Hicks and Atlantic. Now a slow zone and more bumps on streets where you can’t move anyway during rush hours. That said, if tickets were given to: 1) every bicylist that ran a red light, a stop sign or the wrong way on a one way; 2) every mom with child in a stroller that crossed against the light; and 3) every person texting or listening to music as they crossed against the light on in the middle of the block, I would gladly embrace the slow zone and bumps.

  • I agree with workerbee. this is really government at its worse. You know where you see 20 mph slow zones???? In the country, in a small town that pops up along a 45 mph road.

  • And as a passenger you’ll have to endure them braking hard 3′ in front of the speed bumps!!!!!

  • Since the NYPD won’t enforce this it is kind of moot. The speed bumps in my experience just cause people to speed in between them slam on their brakes then speed to the corner.

  • They’ll enforce it if they have quotas to fill.

  • I think 20 mph is far more appropriate than 30 on residential side streets–I’d like to see that speed limit city-wide (and, FWIW, I’m a driver).

  • It’s very hard to drive as slow as 20 mph. It’s like walking behind government workers.

  • Shouldn’t they be called slow bumps?

  • this is gonna put a bit of a kink in the drug trade, isn’t it? racist politics as usual. hows a brotha supposed to flee?

  • I wonder how many of the commenters live in B. Hill. We do. Right on Bergen Street which resembles the BQE at all parts of the day. Just this afternoon I was almost killed by a driver going at least 40 MPH. Ticket their asses!

  • I live on Pacific between Nevins and Bond, the site of a new speedbump, and am overjoyed with this plan. Every morning drivers carom down Pacific to avoid traffic on Atlantic, horns blaring, putting our children (to say nothing of the rest of us) at risk. I often enjoy your posts, DaveinBedStuy, but don’t believe there is a God-given right to this kind of obnoxious and dangerous behavior. And I don’t think the naysayers on this blog would like it in their neighborhoods, either. Kudos to Councilman Levin for a plan that will hopefully become a model (and those drivers – invariably one person per car, can join the rest of us “worker bees” and discover the joys of mass transit).

    • Hi there,

      I am wondering if you’d be interested in talking to me about the Boerum Hill slow zone for an article I’m working on for the Wall Street Journal. I am writing a general neighborhood piece for the real estate section, which is inside Greater NY section of the Journal. Please email me at if interested. I would love to talk to you over the phone or via email tomorrow, Tuesday 11/6, if possible. Thanks! Kaya Laterman, Freelance reporter

  • I cycle through this area every day and I’m delighted to hear about this move. It’s in line with some of the prescriptions I mentioned in this blogpost: . I’ve just moved from London, where this kind of traffic calming is common. There are far fewer road deaths there and the streets feel generally more pleasant and less threatening because speeds are lower.

    As for the predictable moans that cyclists are the real problem, I have a simple point to make. The last time I can find a record of someone killed in New York City in a collision with a cyclist is March 2009. In the year to June, meanwhile, motor vehicle accidents of various kinds killed 291 people. I accept that rule-breaking cyclists – of whom I’m not one – are annoying. But why, in a rational world, would one focus so heavily on a phenomenon that isn’t killing people at the expense of the excessive speed, failure to pay attention and so on of many motor vehicles, which is essentially killing one of our fellow New Yorkers every day?