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What is Traffic Calming?

Traffic calming introduces features that slow or reduce motor vehicle traffic on a roadway. Traffic calming measures are often used on roads that have been designated as "bicycle boulevards" which are shared roadways between cyclists and motor vehicles that offer a direct, continuous route for cyclists.

Why do we use Traffic Calming?

  • To enhance safety and comfort for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and residents;
  • To reduce conflict between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians;
  • To create a distinctive look to alert both cyclists and motorists that the roadway is a priority route for cyclists.

Traffic calming measures can create a quieter and more pleasant cycling and walking environment. Slower vehicle speeds improve safety by increasing reaction time, reducing the number of (and seriousness of) collisions. Traffic calming measures have also been shown to improve property values. Traffic calming helps to create a better cycling facility while balancing the needs of all users.


Last update: October 16, 2015