TRAFFIC CALMING

Many communities have seen a sharp rise in the number and severity of cases where residential streets are being adversely affected by excessive travel speeds and unwanted through traffic. These situations are becoming increasingly prevalent, especially in developed areas where congested regional roadways cause traffic to divert to local streets. Such problems not only create potential safety concerns, but they impact the quality of life of nearby residents.

Publications

US Traffic Calming Manual

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funded a study in 1998 which led to the ITE Traffic report, Traffic Calming: State of the Practice, co-authored by Reid Ewing and Steve Brown. As compared to the 1980 study, this report goes beyond residential streets to major thoroughfares, beyond speed humps to a toolbox of calming measures, and beyond legal issues to policy, procedural, and political challenges.

ITE Traffic Engineering Handbook

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Traffic Engineering Handbook is the go-to source of essential traffic engineering solutions. The content (which includes contributions from Steve Brown) shines a spotlight on the needs of all users, the design of context-sensitive roadways, and the development of more sustainable transportation solutions. This resource promotes a more functionally-driven, multimodal approach to planning, designing, and implementing transportation solutions.

ITE Transportation Planning Handbook

The ITE Transportation Planning Handbook is a comprehensive, practice-oriented reference that presents the fundamental concepts of transportation planning alongside proven techniques. This resource (with contributions from Steve Brown) is strongly focused on serving the needs of all users, the role of safety in the planning process, and transportation planning in the context of societal concerns, including the development of more sustainable transportation solutions. The content (with contributions from Steve Brown) promotes a more functionally driven multimodal approach to planning, design, and implementation, including guidance toward the latest tools and technology.

ULI "Skinny Streets" Paper

Co-authored by Steve Brown & Reid Ewing, this paper describes the benefits and obstacles of implementing skinny streets.

Project Experience

Fehr & Peers is a nationally recognized leader in the areas of traffic calming and neighborhood traffic management. We have vast experience in working with local communities across the country to develop both programmatic solutions and neighborhood-specific traffic calming plans. We are also frequently retained to develop pilot projects as part of newly developed citywide traffic calming programs.

Our approach to traffic calming programs involves working closely with the stakeholders to determine priorities and to balance input from affected residents, agency staff, and the wider public interests represented by elected officials. We understand that each community is different, with unique needs, geography, cost constraints, and history. Our projects are successful because we listen to clients’ needs, spend time in the field, work closely with all interested parties, and utilize our vast experience to develop realistic solutions.

West Hollywood Traffic Calming Studies

Fehr & Peers is assisting the City of West Hollywood with a Traffic Calming Plan for the Mid-City neighborhood, continuing our traffic calming work in the City. We have completed similar projects four other neighborhoods using a similar methodology: West Hollywood West, Tri-West, Eastside, and Norma Triangle.

We are conducting field observations to determine what factors in the neighborhood study area may cause traffic to divert or speed through the study neighborhoods. Data provided by the City is being summarized in graphical form to analyze the number of vehicles on neighborhood streets, the speeds at which they are driving, and any pertinent field observations. Fehr & Peers will present initial data collected on the neighborhood and traffic calming options with pros, cons, and cost estimates at an initial community workshop. Based on the analysis of the study area and information provided by the community during the first workshop, Fehr & Peers will develop a draft traffic calming plan that addresses the concerns of residents.

After review from City staff, Fehr & Peers will present the draft plan at a second community workshop. The second workshop will include a presentation of the proposed treatments in the neighborhood and a discussion of the petition process to install the treatments.  Prior to the second meeting, Fehr & Peers will prepare a detailed brochure identifying the recommended traffic calming solutions for the community similar to the brochures developed for previous study areas for West Hollywood West, Tri-West, Eastside, and Norma Triangle neighborhoods. After the meetings, Fehr & Peers will finalize the recommendations for the study area in a report to the City.

Wilshire Boulevard Traffic Calming - Beverly Hills, CA

Fehr & Peers led a pilot traffic calming project for a 24-square block residential neighborhood immediately adjacent to Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California.  The project involved a committee of “block captains” and representatives from the school district, fire department, police department, and chamber of commerce.  We held a series of committee meetings to: educate the committee on traffic calming options and the results that can be expected, identify the top priority problems, and develop solutions.  We developed several potential traffic calming plans using different strategies.

Anaheim Neighborhood Traffic Management Program

Fehr & Peers developed a comprehensive neighborhood traffic management program for the city of Anaheim. The program included the neighborhood traffic calming process, tool box and design templates. Development of the program involved multiple meetings with city staff and key stakeholders, including the Fire and Police Departments.

City of Brea Traffic Calming

Fehr & Peers was retained to develop a traffic management plan for a neighborhood in the western part of the City of Brea.  The plan was developed with the input of a traffic advisory committee and supported by residents of the neighborhood.  The plan addressed traffic-related issues including cut-through and speeding.

La Habra Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan

Fehr & Peers developed a citywide program (procedures, tools, funding) in 2007 and has subsequently developed plans, in collaboration with resident committees, for nine distinct neighborhoods in the City.  Three of the plans have been constructed, three are pending Council approval, and three will soon be presented by the committee’s to their neighborhood as a whole.  Having developed a clear, pragmatic program has allowed the City to create and implement these plans with very little controversy.

Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan - Denver, CO

Fehr & Peers prepared a comprehensive Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan (NTMP) for the City and County of Denver in conjunction with the Citywide Land Use and Transportation Plan.  The Denver NTMP provides a consistent, citywide approach to addressing neighborhood traffic and transportation issues related to safety, traffic speed and traffic volume on city streets.  The City and County of Denver, with a population of over 500,000, will utilize the NTMP for a variety of neighborhoods throughout the city.

Neighborhood Preservation Transportation Plan - Sacramento, CA

Fehr & Peers assisted the City of Sacramento in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of this landmark project.  The Neighborhood Preservation Transportation Plan (NPTP) covers approximately 120 blocks in the residential portion of Downtown Sacramento.  The cornerstone of the plan was the conversion of two heavily traveled residential streets from one-way to two-way operation.  The final plan also included high-visibility crosswalks, angled parking, intersection portals, traffic circles, and half-street closures.

U.S. Leaders in Traffic Calming

The cities mentioned below can be described as those who have addressed traffic concerns by applying effective traffic calming methods in a variety of ways. These cities have done an exemplary job of making their communities aware of the existing problems on their streets, and have recommended and implemented strategies to improve safety for all. Find out more about each city by clicking the links below.

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