Neighborhood Traffic ReductionNeighborhood Traffic Reduction

Research shows that by limiting auto speeds to 25mph or less, the risk of collision, injury or death is greatly reduced. The tools in this section show you how to jump-start a neighborhood speed reduction campaign and how to slow cars down on neighborhood streets--making them safer for everyone!

Get Started

  • Identify Your Goal. In this case, the goal is speed reduction.
  • Talk to Your Neighbors. Talk to some of your neighbors about your ideas for a speed reduction campaign. Chances are, some of your neighbors will care about this issue too, and may turn out to be valuable allies.
  • Organize a Neighborhood Meeting. Put up flyers and advertise for a neighborhood meeting. This way, you can meet your neighbors, learn about their concerns, and understand the broader context in which you're operating. Don't forget to collect contact information!
  • Identify Your Targets. Who has the power to make changes in your neighborhood? Is it your city council member? Mayor? Planning or public works departments? Once you know who can make the changes, you know where you need to focus your efforts. 
  • Do Your Research. Research the tactics that might work best for your neighborhood. Do you think speed limit signs might make a difference? Raised crosswalks? A set of mini traffic circles? Work with your neighbors, and have your research in hand for meetings with your targets.
  • Meet With Your Targets. Set up meetings with your targets, and with people who might have influence with those targets. Have your research in hand, and listen to what your target is saying. Are they open to your ideas? Ask them for their help in moving your campaign forward! If not, work more closely with people who might have influence with that target.
  • Think Outside the Box. Write letters to the editor. Start an e-petition. Set up a Facebook group. There are plenty of ways to stay in contact with your allies, so you can call on them for help, and they can call on you!

Potential Speed-Reduction Tools

  • Speed Reader Board. Alerts drivers to the fact that they are speeding, raises awareness. Approximate cost: $100 staff time to place, $5,000 to purchase.
  • Speed Bumps. Reduces auto speed to 20-25mph at bump, used preceding and following crosswalks. Approximate cost: $2,000.
  • Chicanes. Creates a serpentine route that requires drivers to slow down to navigate, adds greenspace. Approximate cost: $10,000 - $20,000 per set.
  • Raised Crosswalks. Increases visibility of crossing and pedestrians. Approximate cost: $2,000+.
  • Mini Traffic Circles. Reduces auto speed, only within 100 feet of circle. Approximate cost: $15,000.
  • Stop Signs. Stops car traffic, oriented to favor cyclists and pedestrians. Approximate cost: $200.
  • Speed Limit Signs. Signs posting the residential speed limit of 25, advising people to drive slower.

(Tools adapted from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance)