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Photographed by Craig Ciekot.  Location: Howard County, MDWelcome to Pennsylvania's resource for neighborhood traffic calming. If you have ever slowed your vehicle and driven over a speed hump, navigated a traffic island, or traveled down a tree-lined street, you have experienced traffic calming first hand.

"Traffic Calming is the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior, and improve conditions for non-motorized street users." (As defined by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.)

This site is designed to introduce communities and individuals to traffic calming. Here, you will find the necessary tools and information to make informed decisions about implementing traffic calming in your area. Traffic calming works to improve the quality of life in a community by reducing the speed and/or volume of traffic to levels that correspond to the class of the road and that are appropriate for the neighboring activity. The material here is intended to help one determine which traffic calming measures are appropriate for a particular community, and to facilitate the implementation of these measures.

The objectives of traffic calming include:

  • encouraging safe vehicle speeds,
  • reducing collision frequency and severity,
  • increasing the safety and the perception of safety for non-motorized users of the street(s),
  • reducing the need for police enforcement,
  • enhancing the street environment,
  • increasing access for all modes of transportation, and
  • reducing cut-through motor vehicle traffic.

 

The goals of traffic calming include:

  • increasing the quality of life,
  • incorporating the preferences and requirements of the people using the area,
  • creating safe and attractive streets,
  • helping to reduce the negative effects of motor vehicles on the environment, and
  • promoting alternative modes of transportation. (1)

 

 

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