What is traffic calming?
The main goal of traffic calming is to reduce vehicle speeds and cut-through volumes
through residential neighborhoods, providing livable environments that are safe
for pedestrians and bicyclists. Reduced vehicle speeds can mean fewer, less severe
collisions, especially when an incident involves a pedestrian. Traffic calming is
achieved through the “three E’s,” Education, Enforcement, and Engineering and Planning.
Is traffic calming the right solution for my neighborhood?
Traffic calming, when implemented appropriately, can have significant benefits;
however, it must be implemented with care, caution and a significant level of community
input and support. Residents may have strong opinions and emotions about any actions
that affect the appearance, condition or noise level of streets in their neighborhood.
Response times for fire and emergency medical vehicles must also be considered in
creating a traffic calming plan.
For these reasons, the City of Norwalk is implementing a new two-tier Traffic Calming
Program to aid residents, City staff and emergency response personnel in selecting
the appropriate locations and traffic calming measures to create livable, walkable
neighborhoods. Tier I measures, which include targeted police enforcement, traffic
safety campaigns and pavement marking changes, are low-cost solutions which are
easily implemented without visual or noise impacts. Tier 2 traffic calming involves
physical changes to the street like median islands, traffic circles and curb extensions,
How do I get started?
If you think your neighborhood could benefit from traffic calming, the first step
is to learn about the different types of traffic calming. An
Interactive Selection Tool is provided to aid in distinguishing the types
of traffic calming measures which may be appropriate for your neighborhood.
The next step is to meet with your neighbors and complete a Traffic Calming Request
Form. The request form provides the City with necessary information and contains
signatures representing at least half of the households in the neighborhood. A petition
process ensures that the neighborhood is in agreement over the need and desire to
implement traffic calming measures.
Once a fully completed Traffic Calming Request Form is received, City staff will
review it and create a plan for collecting traffic speed and volume data, accident
records, field observations and other necessary information for decision making.
The City will then meet with the neighborhood to discuss education and enforcement
methods, as well as eligibility for installation of physical measures.