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, among others.

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.


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