Eyes on the Street: Slower Speed Limits Coming to Broadway, Southern Blvd


A Streetsblog reader sent in this NYPD flyer posted in the lobby of his apartment building on the Upper West Side, and another reports getting the same notice via email yesterday.

The citywide 25 mph speed limit enacted by Albany this session is expected to go into effect in October. In the meantime, the de Blasio administration is moving ahead with its “Arterial Slow Zone” program, which combines 25 mph limits, safer traffic signal timing, and increased speed enforcement.

Broadway above Midtown and just about all of Southern Boulevard are next in line for the Slow Zone treatment, and it’s good to see NYPD marking the occasion with this straightforward street safety message.

  • JK

    The 25mph speed limit signs were posted a couple of weeks ago on Upper Broadway. (Never saw 30mph signs.) This flyer suggests the cops will actually, (maybe?) begin speed enforcement on Monday. That will be surely be a shocker for motorists, since the cops never enforced 30mph, so enforcing 25mph will be mind blowing. If traffic conditions permit, cabs go 40+ on Upper Broadway, so it will be very interesting to see if things actually change. Here’s hoping.

  • Mark Walker

    NYPD: Please enforce it.

  • AnoNYC

    Cameras? Where are the cameras? I’ve only seen one.

    All 25 MPH corridors should have speed enforcement cameras at several points along their length.

    And slow zones, school zones, residential streets, commercial corridors, intersections with heavy foot traffic.


    How many are installed so far?

  • millerstephen

    As of yesterday, DOT said there are 20 speed cameras throughout the city, the maximum allowed until state law takes effect to allow up to 140. Some are mobile, others are stationary, and they have issued 132,643 summonses so far. State law restricts them to starting one hour before and stopping one hour after school hours (roughly 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. during the academic year). They operate through the summer when school activities occur, which varies from school to school.

  • WoodyinNYC

    I doubt cops will make any difference.

    I do hope that retiming the signals will end the rewards drivers get for rushing to catch every light,


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