The newly designated Norwood Slow Zone is located in the Community Board 7 area, and was selected due to strong community support, the presence of 2 schools, 5 pre-k and head start daycare centers, and the amount of crashes in the area. On average, the area now designated as a Slow Zone had 11.8 injuries per year and 4 severe injuries or fatalities per road mile.
BACKGROUND: Neighborhood Slow Zones is an application-based program that creates defined areas where the speed limit is reduced from 30mph to 20mph and safety measures are added in order to adjust driver behavior on local streets. The goal of Neighborhood Slow Zones is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes and to enhance the quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods. NYCDOT uses signs, markings and speed bumps to calm traffic within the Zone.
When asked why it two assemblymen to get this slow zone approved both answered that the slow zone area covers a part of both assembly districts. Assemblyman Dinowitz said "two is better than one". Assemblyman Gjonaj said when asked about the dividing line of the two assembly districts "there is no dividing line just one big joint district, referring to the joint effort by himself and Dinowitz.
Others on hand in the photo below were Community Board 7 Traffic & Transportation Chair Lowell Green, CB 7 District Manager Socrates A. Caba, Mr. Roberto Garcia (representing Montifore Hospital, Community Activist Ms. Liz von Uhl, and others.