Traffic Calming

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In September of 2002, the Lafayette City Council adopted a traffic-calming program that utilizes a broad range of tools to address inappropriate vehicular traffic speeds and volumes on neighborhood streets. With an emphasis on non-traditional educational tools, this unique program builds upon Lafayette’s long tradition of citizen volunteerism and community participation.

The City of Lafayette’s Traffic Calming Guidebook provides information on a wide variety of traffic calming matters. The guidebook is intended to be the primary informational resource for residents. The first section describes traffic calming and the City’s goals and policies. The second part explains how the traffic-calming program works. It contains a step-by-step description of the process and explains the roles of residents and the City staff when implementing a traffic-calming plan. The third section describes the wide variety of tools residents can utilize to address their concerns. The guidebook also contains other interesting background information related to traffic calming.

Some questions you’ll find the answers to in the Traffic Calming Guidebook: 

    How are speed limits determined? (See page 23) 
    How can I figure out how fast people are really traveling on my street? (See Speed Evaluation Form in the Appendix) 
    What’s the first step for getting something done? (See Section 2, Implementation Process) 
    What options are there for slowing traffic? (See Section 3, Traffic Calming Toolbox) 
    Can I get a “Children at Play” sign installed? (See page 26) 
    What’s involved in getting a new “STOP sign? (See page 29)

Considering Speed Humps?

There are more ways to slow traffic than installing speed humps.  Check out the City's Traffic Calming Guidebook, and if you want to learn more about speed humps, then consider their Ups and Downs.

Requesting Traffic Calming Measures

Do you have a concern about vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian safety?  Submit a Transportation Action Request form - the first step in the process for initiating review of your traffic or transportation concern.