Effective Monday, January 9, 2017 Boston's new default (unposted) speed limit is 25 mph. The new speed limit is part of the Boston Transportation Department and City of Boston Vision Zero initiative to reduce severe accidents and fatalities and to create safer streets. Research shows that pedestrians struck by drivers going 25 mph are half as likely to be killed as those struck by drivers at 30 mph.
What does that mean for Fort Point? In addition to a default speed of 25 mph on our roads, the speed limit on A Street will reduce from 30 mph to 25 mph.
The new legislation also called for the reduction of existing posted speed limits in thickly settled areas or on congested streets like A Street in Fort Point. The City is in the process of removing the higher speed limit signs where necessary. If the A Street 30 mph sign is still posted on or shortly after January 9th and you are travelling over 25 mph, you may receive a warning. There is also a provision for the establishment of special safety zones with a posted speed of 20 mph.
Watch your speed and always keep an eye out for your neighbors walking or biking, especially when accompanied by children and dogs.