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 

Transportation safety

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

Learn more about our plan

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