Draft Traffic Calming Policy

    What is Traffic Calming?

    Traffic calming is a series of measures a City can implement to ease traffic concerns through physical changes (e.g., signage or road markings) and/or behaviour change (e.g., education or enforcement).

    What is a Traffic Calming Policy?

    A Traffic Calming Policy: 

    • is an official municipal document.  
    • outlines guidelines to make roads safer.  
    • outlines the process for initiating a traffic calming study.  
    • sets criteria to evaluate a traffic calming request.  
    • is paired with a toolkit (or menu) of solutions for City staff to consider in a neighbourhood 

    What is a Traffic Calming Toolkit?

    A Traffic Calming Toolkit is a menu of potential solutions a City might consider to address traffic concerns on a specific street. The Toolkit recognizes that no potential “fix” is one-size-fits-all. Toolkits typically include a series of physical road changes (e.g., speed bumps, rumble strips, stop signs, etc.). They can also include behaviour change initiatives such as road safety campaigns and traffic enforcement. The Toolkit is paired with a set of evaluation criteria, which are used to assess if a particular tool is the right fit for an identified area. The Toolkit supports City staff decision-making when assessing the design of streets in our community. 

    Why is the City developing a Traffic Calming Policy and Toolkit?

    The City is formalizing the process to receive, evaluate and address traffic calming requests The process will provide Peterborough with a fair and standardized approach. The Policy will incorporate best practices in traffic calming.  

    The final Council-approved Policy will include: 

    • A clear process to determine if traffic calming is appropriate for a given roadway. 
    • A set of typical traffic calming “tools”. 
    • neighbourhood engagement framework for future traffic calming studies. 

    What do I do if I have a Traffic Calming concern?

    The following diagram provides a detailed version of Peterborough's draft Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Study process.You can also access a high-resolution version of this diagram on Page 13 of the Draft Traffic Calming Policy.

    Draft Traffic Calming Study Process

    Does my neighbourhood meet the Traffic Calming requirements?

    The following table details the City's draft screening criteria to evaluate if a neighbourhood needs traffic calming. You can also access a high-resolution version of this diagram on Page 9 of the Draft Traffic Calming Policy.

    Draft screening criteria for initiating a Traffic Calming Study

    How will the City prioritize neighbourhoods/ streets for implementing traffic calming?

    The following two tables provide the draft criteria for prioritizing traffic calming on local streets, low capacity collectors, and high capacity collectors. You can also access a high-resolution version of this diagram on Pages 14 and 15 of the Draft Traffic Calming Policy.

    Prioritization Criteria for Local Streets and Low Capacity Collectors

    Prioritization Criteria for Local Streets and Low Capacity Collectors

    Prioritization Criteria for High Capacity Collectors

    Prioritization Criteria for High Capacity Collectors


    When will the Traffic Calming Policy and Toolkit be complete?

    City staff will be preparing a report in early March 2021 which includes the Traffic Calming Policy and Toolkit, and an update on the five neighbourhood pilot study areas. This report will be provided to General Committee in early April 2021.

Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Survey

    Where are the Traffic Calming Studies taking place?

    Phase 1 of the project focuses on the following five neighbourhoods:

    • Westridge Boulevard / Cherryhill Road – Monaghan Ward 
    • Franklin Drive – Northcrest Ward 
    • Auburn Street / Dunlop Street – Ashburnham Ward 
    • Sherburne Street / Morrow Street / Montgomery Street – Otonabee Ward 
    • Romaine Street – Town Ward 

    What are the next steps for the traffic calming process?

    The City of Peterborough and its consultants have developed traffic calming plans for each of the five study areas. A Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Survey has been created to assess community support or lack of support for each of the study areas. The responses to this survey will be tabulated and analyzed by City staff to determine if the proposed plan is supported.

    Why are you doing a Neighbourhood Survey?

    The Neighbourhood Survey is used to confirm whether households in the impacted study area support or do not support the Traffic Calming Plan Proposal. The City has provided a paper survey to all addresses in the study areas to be completed to assess the level of community support. 

    If you feel that you should be included in the study area and did not receive a survey in the mail, please contact calmstreetsPTBO@peterborough.ca.

    What is the Unique Survey Number for?

    Each survey distributed within the Traffic Calming Study Area is assigned a unique survey number included in the top right corner of the survey form. There is an equal number of Unique Survey Numbers to the number of addresses found in each Study Area, allowing the study team to track the number of responses relative to the number of study addresses. For the survey to be considered valid, at least 30% of all Study Area addresses must respond to the survey.

    Can I still provide feedback on the traffic calming plan proposals even if I don't live in the study area?

    Yes - you may respond to the survey as a Non-Study Area respondent. Non-Study Area responses are documented as part of the survey process however, they are counted separately from responses received with a Unique Survey Number.

General FAQs

    What are the next steps in the neighbourhood traffic calming process?

    A Draft Report of findings will be submitted to Council. The report will include all neighbourhood traffic calming studies conducted during the project. If approved, this will become the Final Traffic Calming Update Report. This will enable municipal staff to proceed with the new Traffic Calming Policy and Toolkit. It is anticipated that the report will be submitted to Council prior to Phase 2 in Fall 2020. 

    How can I participate?

    We want to hear from residents, property owners and people who work in the identified study areas. Feedback will be collected through scheduled virtual workshopsan online questionnaire, and communications with the City and consulting team. These opportunities will be available to those in the identified study areas. 

    What has happened so far?

    Since September 2020, the City of Peterborough and its consultants have been engaging with community members in each of the five study areas. Community members have provided feedback on traffic issues in their neighbourhood and contributed to developing potential traffic calming options through an online questionnaire and two rounds of virtual community workshops. Engagement with community members has helped shape the development of draft Traffic Calming Plans for each of the five study areas.

    Will there be additional phases?

    The traffic calming studies are in their final phase before going to City Council to be approval or rejection. The Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Survey is the final step in the traffic calming study process and is intended to gather input from neighbourhood residents on whether there is a desire to implement the traffic calming proposal in their study area. Recommendations resulting from this survey will be presented to City Council this spring for approval. 

    How can I stay informed of future updates?

    Sign up for project updates on the Sign up tab on www.connectptbo.ca/TrafficCalming to receive email updates! 

    Who can I contact if I have questions?

    Questions should be directed to the project team by emailing CalmStreetsPTBO@peterborough.ca.