The City has adopted a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (NTCP) to address and resolve local neighborhood traffic concerns in a systematic and efficient manner. Among the issues that this program addresses are limited sight distance due to overgrowth of vegetation and parked vehicles, pedestrian safety, right-of-way control at intersections, cut-through traffic, accidents, vehicle volumes, and vehicular speeding.
Many options have been utilized by the City for many years, and include such measures as increased police enforcement, speed radar trailer, speed limit signs, pavement messages, striping narrow lanes, higher visibility crosswalks, warranted stop signs, and turn restriction signs. Additional Traffic Calming measures include intersection bulbouts, chokers, and electonic speed feedback signs.
Not all traffic calming devices can be utilized to remedy a residential traffic concern. The nature of the problem and the existing conditions in the problem area should first be identified to determine the suitability of a traffic calming measure. The NTCP provides residents and City staff with the means to accomplish desired traffic calming objectives, allowing involved parties to determine the suitability of a traffic calming treatment for a given neighborhood, and requiring community input prior to implementation. It incorporates both the City's desire to mitigate neighborhood concerns in a systematic and efficient manner, and the sentiments of residents who wish to maintain peaceful and people-friendly streets within their neighborhoods.
For more information, contact the Traffic Engineering Division at (408) 615-3000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.