Traffic Calming Committee


The Institute of Transportation Engineers defines traffic calming as "the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce negative effects motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior, and improve conditions for non motorized street users".

The goals of traffic calming are to:

  • Apply physical, engineered measures to compel drivers to slow down and to decrease traffic volumes
  • Implement self-enforcing rather than regulatory measures
  • Reduce cut-through traffic
  • Increase the safety of children, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists
  • Maximize street life and pedestrian activity
  • Prevent crime
  • Enhance urban redevelopment

In most localities, the immediate and long-term goals of traffic calming are directly related to the concerns of the residents. Parents and citizens are demanding that speeds be reduced and cut-through traffic eliminated, particularly on residential streets near schools and parks. Increased pedestrian awareness, slower moving traffic, and fewer vehicles on the road are the direct benefits of traffic calming. (FHWA Traffic Calming)

In the future we wil present various techniques from the literature for your consideration. Traffic counts have been requested from the City of Tampa. We will be requesting neighborhood input to clearly define the problem. It has been said that "problem well defined is half solved".