Traffic calming is a method imposed in cities to increase benefits for shared road users, improving the balance between different uses of public streets.
The method of traffic calming is a combination of mainly physical measures designed to encourage motorists to observe responsible driver behavior and improve safety along local streets for all road users. These devices, such as median islands, roundabouts and road closures benefit road users by reducing speeds, managing traffic flow and controlling traffic volumes along the street.
Prior to implementing traffic calming measures, the City assesses traffic data which provides traffic volumes, travel speeds and crash statistics. When it is determined that traffic calming is warranted, funds are allocated in the City’s annual budget in order of priority.
As part of the City’s public consultation process, adjacent residents are consulted prior to finalising design and carrying out any works.