Slow Streets Program

2020 Neighborhood Zones

The application period for the 2020 Slow Streets program has now closed.

DPW is currently reviewing submitted applications for completeness. Your point person will be contacted if there are any clarifying questions regarding your proposed neighborhood zone or if your application is not complete.

The results for all applicant neighborhood zones will be made available on this webpage when the data evaluation is complete.

Information about the program below has been kept available for reference.

What is the Slow Streets Program?

The application period for the 2020 Slow Streets program closed on September 30, 2019. The application is available here for reference, but will no longer be accepted.

The Slow Streets Program aims to reduce vehicle speeds in targeted neighborhood zones of residential, low-volume streets. The program emphasizes the implementation of permanent traffic calming measures that increase safety and promote walkable, bikeable communities. Examples of the types of tools that could be implemented in selected neighborhood zones include:

  • Permanent Speed Humps
  • Pinchpoints
  • Chicanes
  • Mini Traffic Circles
  • Curb Extensions
  • Diverters
  • Daylighting
  • Partial Closures
  • Pavement Markings

Navigate the slideshow below using the left and right arrows to see examples of traffic calming measures!

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Process

1. Neighborhood groups must complete and return the application packet by Monday, September 30, 2019.

2. Two (2) to four (4) neighborhood zones are expected to be selected to participate in 2020. Applicant neighborhood zones will be evaluated and selected based on objective data. The program will prioritize neighborhood zones that:

  • Experience more traffic crashes per mile
  • Are home to higher percentages of children, older adults, & people with disabilities
  • Are home to a higher percentage of workers who bike, walk, or take public transit to work

3. The City will work with the selected neighborhood zones to develop and install a traffic calming plan specific to their streets. This process is expected to take approximately one (1) to two (2) years.

4. The program will be repeated in future years based on funding available.

Who Can Apply

Neighborhood groups can submit an application on behalf of a small network of primarily residential, low-volume streets called a neighborhood zone.

Requests for single streets will not be considered. The program is also not intended for major streets like Niagara Street, Main Street, or Bailey Avenue. Other factors may also exclude some neighborhood zone streets from traffic calming measures, including impacts to emergency service routes.

Example Neighborhood Zones

Navigate the slideshow below using the left and right arrows to see examples of feasible neighborhood zones. The zones indicated are for demonstration purposes only. If you happen to live in one of the example neighborhood zones displayed, you are still required to submit an application to be considered for the program.

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Questions?

Email slowstreets@buffalony.gov or call the Department of Public Works, Parks, & Streets at (716) 851-5636.