Traffic Safety Toolkit
Residents are often the first to know of traffic safety concerns in their neighborhood. As a resident, you are the eyes and ears for us, providing information on traffic conditions (fill out a Request for Action to submit a traffic safety concern). Whether you want to discourage excessive vehicle speeds, minimize cut-through traffic, reduce overflow parking and/or encourage walking and biking, we need you to be an active part of identifying the problems, developing recommendations and implementing those recommendations.
The key to achieving our traffic safety goals is a strong resident-staff partnership throughout the three traffic safety components described below.
Education, Encouragement and Enforcement:
- City-sponsored information such as project newsletters and education efforts.
- Citizen-led efforts requiring a commitment of resident time to implement solutions — such as borrowing the radar dolly.
- Police enforcement of traffic and parking regulations.
- Physically changing the street environment through traffic safety projects that may include signing, parking restrictions, pavement markings or traffic calming elements such as speed humps, raised crosswalks and traffic circles.
- Reduce spillover parking by restricting the use of on-street parking in neighborhoods adjacent to businesses, schools, and other public facilities.
Within these components are tools that:
||Manage Traffic Volume: Reduce the number of cut-through vehicles on a residential street|
||Reduce Excessive Vehicle Speeds: slow down motorists choosing to drive faster than the posted speed limit|
||Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: create a more inviting and safer place to walk and bike|
||Enhance Neighborhood Identity: heighten awareness of your neighborhood |
||Educate the Community: create awareness around traffic safety through targeted education and outreach|
||Manage Neighborhood Parking: address parking from businesses and schools that spillover into neighborhoods |
||Heighten School Zone Awareness: heighten awareness and traffic safety in and around elementary school zones|