The City of London is responsible for ensuring roadways serve the needs of all users such as cars, transit, pedestrians including those with accessibility needs, cyclists, emergency vehicles and snow removal equipment. When the rules of the road are not followed, residents may no longer feel safe walking or riding their bikes on the street, in these cases traffic calming measures may be needed to restore the street to its intended function in the neighbourhood.
Every year the City receives numerous complaints or concerns from residents regarding speeding, traffic volumes and/or cut through traffic in residential areas. To manage the number of requests and ensure community support, constituents are requested to obtain a minimum of 10 singatures and addresses on the street, see attached petition for more information.The Transportation Planning & Design Division responds by investigating the need for neighbourhood traffic calming measures to potentially mitigate these unfavourable driving conditions.
Studies across North America have shown that using the wrong tool to address a traffic issue not only doesn’t solve the problem, but may result in creating additional safety issues in the area. Our Traffic Calming Practices and Procedures defines what is traffic calming and clarifies what is not traffic calming. The goal of introducing traffic calming is to create safe and attractive streets, promote pedestrian, bicycle and transit use, and improve the quality of life in residential neighbourhoods
Traffic calming is a contentious subject and should be dealt with in a clear, concise and transparent process that will meet the needs and expectations of the community. The Traffic Calming Practices and Procedures outlines how investigations into traffic calming measures should be initiated and implemented based on the experience gained by the City of London and other Ontario municipalities over the last decade.
What are some Traffic Calming devices?
- on-street parking
- speed cushions
- raised intersections and crosswalks
- textured crosswalks
- curb extensions
What are NOT Traffic Calming devices?
- traffic signals
- all-way stops
- 40 kilometres per hour reduced speed zones
- posted speed signs
- children at play signs
- rumble strips
- speed bumps