Traffic calming is a form of traffic planning that seeks to equalize the use of streets between automobiles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and playing children. This is accomplished through the use of devices and techniques that reduce traffic volume and speed in neighborhoods while maintaining maximum mobility and access. Traffic calming also attempts to make drivers aware of the fact that they are sharing the space of a street with other users. The author addresses transportation planning myths and practices that have resulted in domination of automobiles in our neighborhoods and communities and then discusses traffic calming and its principles. Finally, a method to successfully carry out the citizen participation process to ensure success in implementing a traffic calming plan is reviewed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Some of this report is based on material that originally appeared in "Traffic Calming: A Solution to Route 20 and a New Vision for Brisbane", published by Citizens Advocating Responsible Transportation (CART) in Ashgrove, Queensland, Australia.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Planning Association

    122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1500
    Chicago, IL  United States  60603-6107
  • Authors:
    • Hoyle, C L
  • Publication Date: 1995-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Rept. No. 456
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 20 1996 12:00AM