Calm Streets PTBO

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“Calm Streets PTBO” is a new City of Peterborough initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to develop a Traffic Calming Policy and Toolkit. The policy and toolkit will guide how City staff respond to requests for traffic calming measures made by residents. The formal Traffic Calming Policy will include:

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

Traffic calming is just what it sounds like – encouraging traffic to “calm” down. Traffic

“Calm Streets PTBO” is a new City of Peterborough initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to develop a Traffic Calming Policy and Toolkit. The policy and toolkit will guide how City staff respond to requests for traffic calming measures made by residents. The formal Traffic Calming Policy will include:

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

Traffic calming is just what it sounds like – encouraging traffic to “calm” down. Traffic calming uses a variety of tools to increase road safety for all users. Traffic calming might include physical changes to the street, such as adding signs or road markings. It may also include behaviour changes through education and/or enforcement.

The City has identified five neighbourhoods, one in each Ward, for Phase 1 of the project. These neighbourhoods will act as pilot study areas for the development of the Policy and Toolkit. The project’s technical team will assess traffic and suggest appropriate tools to better manage traffic in the study areas. The technical work will also be informed by local input. We will be asking for feedback on:

  • What is or is not working well on your neighbourhood streets.
  • How best to communicate traffic-related concerns to the City.
  • What traffic calming measures make sense for your neighbourhood.

The five neighbourhoods selected for Phase 1 of the project are:

  • 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

A second phase of the project will launch later in 2020 and will focus on additional neighbourhoods. Your input will help the City establish a fair and standardized process for traffic calming requests. Your input will help to establish a “toolkit” of traffic calming strategies that can be applied in neighbourhoods across the city.

Let’s connect to make Calm Streets PTBO.