What is Traffic Calming?
In 1998, the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) and the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE) jointly published the Canadian Guide to Neighbourhood Traffic Calming to achieve an appropriate level of national standardization of traffic calming measures. This guide has provided guidance (opposed to setting standards) on the design and installation of various traffic calming measures.
Traffic Calming is a term most commonly associated with physical features placed on a roadway to influence the speed of motor vehicles, discourage cut-through traffic and improve traffic safety and comfort levels for all users of residential streets. These traffic calming measures, in turn, are designed to improve the quality of life for area residents and create a safer and friendlier community.
Traffic calming solutions should be looked at as a community wide strategy to ensure that volume and speed concerns are not transferred to adjacent streets