Can you explain the different types of traffic calming?

There are two forms of traffic calming: “active” and “passive” defined as follows:

  • Active: physical treatments that are typically applied after a street has been constructed with the purpose of correcting instances where driver behavior is not appropriate for the context of the area, street type and the intended function of the road (examples include: speed tables, pedestrian crosswalks, speed boards, vertical centerline treatment, raised median islands)

  • Passive:typically relate to the design of the environment within the streetscape and its ability to influence driver behavior such as: signage, medians, narrower lane widths, line painting etc. These are types of measures that tend to slow vehicles down without actually restricting the flow of traffic



Are traffic calming measures considered whenever there are newly developed roads within the Township?

Wherever possible, passive traffic calming measures should be included in the initial design of all new streets and developments within the Township of King. The package of passive traffic calming measures should reflect the function of the street and the driver behavior desired.



When are active traffic calming measures considered?

Traffic calming measures are considered after:

      • Demonstrated driver behavior issues (speed, through traffic, safety) has been raised by the general public or Township staff

      • Alternative measures to resolve the observed issue have been exhausted (education, enforcement)

      • The operation of the arterial (Regional Road) road network has been reviewed since speeding and cut through traffic on local streets can be an indicator that the arterial road is not functioning properly



How does the Township decide if a Traffic Calming measure will be implemented?

The Township will consider Traffic Calming requests based on applicable policies, (Township, Regional, TAC, CITE), analysis of the issues, and other relevant information such as data collection from traffic counts, speed radar etc. The Township will then decide if the proposed traffic calming measure is warranted or not.