Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Alphabet City-Tompkins Square Slow Zone to take effect in August
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The Alphabet City-Tompkins Square Slow Zone is on its way.
Department of Transportation reps provided Community Board 3 (CB3) committee members with an update last Thursday night about the incoming (officially named) Alphabet City-Tompkins Square Slow Zone, the community-based program that reduces the speed limit within designated zones from 30 mph to 20 mph. (Read the background about all this here.)
For starters, the zone is expected to go into effect in August, according to CB3 member Chad Marlow, who helped put the plan in motion for the East Village early last year.
The above map shows the designated Slow Zone — First Avenue east to the FDR, and from East Second Street north to East 14th Street.
In addition to the 20 mph speed limit, a Slow Zone area receives speed humps (21 for East Village) and new striping and signage to slow drivers. (You can find a PDF of the DOT's presentation here.)
This is a particularly personal issue for Marlow. In 1995, a drunken driver struck Marlow's father on Harlem River Drive, an accident that left him with quadriplegia and a severe brain injury. His father died 13 years after the accident.
"I actually almost started crying when I got the DOT plan printout," Marlow told us. "This is a very emotional issue for me. I feel great and grateful."
Previously on EV Grieve:
Call for an East Village 'slow zone' (34 comments)
More about the timing of the Tompkins Square/Alphabet City Slow Zone