How traffic calming works

Traffic circles are used to reduce vehicle speed, and collisions.

Traffic calming helps to encourage safe driving by slowing the speed, and reducing the volume of street traffic. The City of Vancouver's priority areas for traffic calming projects are residential blocks with schools and parks.

There are three ways the City implements traffic calming measures in residential neighbourhoods:

  • Residents request the City pay for speed humps on roads near schools and City parks
  • Residents request the City install traffic circles, sidewalk, and curb bulges, or laneway speed humps, which the residents agree to pay for either in full, or in part
  • The City implements traffic diverters, separated lanes, and curb bulges as part of a community plan 

What's happening

Prior St enhancements and pilot

Starting January 27, the first steps in a pilot project to address long-standing traffic safety concerns along Prior/Venables St will be taken.

The pilot is part of a Council direction in October 2019 to pilot measures to improve walkability, reduce vehicle speeds, and carry out traffic calming and is expected to be in place for approximately one year, to capture the changes in travel patterns and seasonal differences.

Prior St between Gore and Raymur avenues now have one travel-lane in each direction throughout the day including weekday mornings and afternoons. Previously, two travel lanes were available during peak times.

A reduction in speed to 30km/h has been implemented adjacent to Strathcona Park between Raymur and Hawks avenues.

We're working closely with Translink and Vancouver Fire Rescue Services to monitor and maintain service reliability and emergency response times in the area.  

Learn more about the Prior St enhancements and pilot

Transportation safety

Vancouver's transportation safety action plan has a goal to move towards zero traffic related fatalities.

Learn about types of traffic calming

Speed humps

Find out how speed humps help to reduce the speed of traffic on Vancouver's neighbourhood streets and lanes.

Curb bulges

Find out how curb bulges help increase safety for pedestrians, and encourage vehicles to slow down.

Traffic circles

Learn what a traffic circle or traffic roundabout is, and how to navigate a traffic circle.

How the City keeps streets safe

Request sidewalk repairs

Use this VanConnect form to request sidewalk repairs in the city.

Request sign repair

Use this VanConnect form to request sign repair in the city.

Signs, signals, and regulations

Recognize the signs and signals used in Vancouver and know the regulations that help keep everyone safe.

Traffic management for construction and special events

Construction, film, and special event projects that use streets, laneways, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities are required to control traffic.

What is on the go

Learn about community improvements that are part of ongoing planning projects in Vancouver.

See projects