Neighborhood Traffic Calming to Slow Vehicle Speeds

Committee Members:

Richard Harris, Chair, (CCNA President)  

Lou Costa, (CCNA Immediate Past President)

Joanne Gonet (CCNA Treasurer)

Carl Shoffstall (Lido Key Residents Association)

Norm Dumaine (Glen Oak Estates)

(CCNA Board Ad-Hoc Committee)

The Federal Government’s Institute of Transportation Engineers defines traffic calming “as the combination of measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior, and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. Traffic calming consists of physical design and other measures put in place on existing roads to reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. For example, vertical deflections (speed humps, speed tables, and raised intersections), horizontal shifts, and roadway narrowing are intended to reduce speed and enhance the street environment for non-motorists. Closures that obstruct traffic movements in one or more directions, such as median barriers, are intended to reduce cut-through traffic. Traffic calming measures can be implemented at an intersection, street, neighborhood, or area-wide level.”

Everyone acknowledges that excessive speed in a neighborhood is a safety risk for those residents that live on, walk on and play on those neighborhood streets.  The CCNA neighborhood associations have collectively asked for assistance from the City in addressing the issues they are experiencing, leading to the formation of this committee in 2022.

The committee has held many meetings with the police, engineering and city management. At one point there was talk of a Pilot Program with a physical speed monitoring and ticketing in selected neighborhood streets.  For several reasons that potential pilot has not yet come to fruition. The traffic division did a Speeding Study Early in 2023.  The committee felt the data clearly showed there was a problem, but the traffic division felt those results were within a “normal” range not significant to drive on street monitoring and ticketing.  Lou Costa updated membership of the committee’s activities with a slide presentation at the May 6th, 2023 CCNA Membership Meeting. 
Moving forward, the committee next wants to educate membership on the “Warrant” system which will be the focus of their committee report on June 3rd, 2023.   So, what is a traffic calming Warrant and how is it used?
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