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Residential Traffic Calming/ Phase 1

Safe streets are important to Winnipeggers and their communities.

That's why we're excited to introduce a new process that allows the City, councillors, and residents to work together to introduce traffic calming initiatives within their neighbourhoods.

The City is now accepting requests for traffic calming reviews under the new process.
To get started in your community, please submit a request to 311 either by phone or email (at 311@winnipeg.ca)

The graphic below outlines the new process, which is also explained in more detail below the graphic.

Six-step traffic calming review process

Six step traffic calming review program graphic

Step 1: Initiate Request

This step can be completed at any time throughout the year. It takes approximately 1-3 months from start to finish.

  • An individual or group contacts 311 to request a traffic calming review of a residential street.
  • The City reviews the request to confirm it fits within this program. This means, confirming it is a local, collector residential street that has not been studied within the past five years (unless there has been significant development or road work in the area). The City will also review whether there are documented future plans for the location to determine whether it suitable to proceed through this program.
  • If the street fits within this program, the City contacts the requester with next steps.

Step 2: Petition

This step can be completed at any time throughout the year. It takes approximately 1-3 months from start to finish.

  • The requestor receives a petition from the City, which identifies affected residents.
  • Petition responses are provided directly to 311 by residents. One signature per property is permitted.
  • Petition responses must be returned within 30 days.
  • 25 per cent support is required to proceed to next steps.
  • The City reviews the petition responses to ensure required support has been provided.
  • The City shares the petition results with the respective area councillor and asks for their concurrence to proceed.

Step 3: Engineering Assessment

This step takes approximately 6-12 months from start to finish.

  • The City undertakes an engineering assessment to determine whether the street is a candidate for traffic calming. The assessment includes collecting and analyzing traffic data, like speeds and volumes, and conducting site visits to observe conditions.
  • If the street is deemed a candidate, it proceeds to Step 4.
  • If the street is not a candidate, the City will inform the requester and area councillor and close the file.

Step 4: Prioritization

Once a street is deemed a candidate it should be given a priority rating within 1-3 months.

  • The City uses points-based prioritization system to compare candidate locations against each other. This step is important in ensuring limited budget and resources go toward the highest priority locations.
  • The prioritization system considers many factors, such as speeds, traffic volumes, land use (like the presence of nearby schools), equity (based on the socioeconomic condition of a neighbourhood), presence of pedestrian infrastructure and bicycle infrastructure, and collision history.
  • The prioritization list is reviewed once per year, and a few high prioritize sites are selected to proceed to design, engagement and installation.
  • The number of sites that move on depends on available budget and resources. Based on previous years, we anticipate 3 -5 locations each year moving forward to next steps.

Step 5: Design & Engagement

This step is expected to take 4-8 months.

  • The City prepares design options for the high-priority streets. A variety of traffic calming measures are considered during the design phase, and the type of design selected depends on the context of the given street.
  • The City then takes the options to the community for feedback. Participants are engaged to provide input on the designs.
  • Engineers finalize the design and the project proceeds to next steps.

Step 6: Installation

The intent is to install treatments that have gone through design and engagement within the same calendar year or during the following construction season. This step will take 3-24 months.

  • The final preferred traffic calming design is installed.
  • On a case-by-case basis, the City may explore installing treatments on a trial basis using non-permanent modular elements to pilot solutions at low-cost; the pilot would be in place for a number of months. If the solution is shown to be successful through measured traffic studies, it would be replaced at a later date with a more permanent installation as budget allows. If it is not successful, it could be readily removed and the materials repurposed elsewhere.
  • Depending on the scope of the project and available resources, the City may collect traffic data one year after installation to evaluate effectiveness.

FAQ

Why does the City need a traffic calming process?
Speeding and shortcutting on residential streets is a common concern of many Winnipeggers and contributes to safety concerns and quality of life issues for residents. The City receives over 200 traffic calming-related requests each year and it is important to have a consistent process for responding to requests.
How does the City decide whether a street is a candidate for traffic calming?
An engineering assessment is completed in Step 3 of the process to determine whether a street is a candidate for traffic calming. Traffic data, like speeds and traffic volumes, are collected and analyzed. Site visits may also be completed to observe traffic operations and road conditions. An engineer will determine whether traffic calming measures are warranted based on the results of this assessment.
Why does it take so long to process my request?
There are many steps in the residential traffic calming program and each step takes time to complete. This ensures requests are thoroughly reviewed and prioritized so that limited resources can be directed to high priority issues.

Additionally, the season for data collection is limited. Data collection can only occur in the spring and fall when weather conditions are appropriate for the equipment and traffic patterns are seasonably stable. Data collection crews collect traffic data for other needs as well, not just for traffic calming requests, so sometimes request for data wait in a queue until resources are available. After data is collected, it can take several months to process the data to convert it from a raw format into a format suitable for an engineer to review.

What criteria are considered in prioritizing requests?
The prioritization system considers many factors, such as speeds, traffic volumes, land use (like the presence of nearby schools), equity based on the socioeconomic condition of a neighbourhood, presence of pedestrian infrastructure and bicycle infrastructure, and collision history.
How are traffic calming improvements funded?
Traffic calming measures are typically funded by the Traffic Engineering Improvement Program (TEIP), which funds a variety of infrastructure improvements, such as new traffic signals, new pedestrian corridors, and rail crossing improvements. Traffic calming measures may also be incorporated as part of other capital road renewal projects, other transportation studies, and Walk Bike projects.

Last update: February 23, 2021

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