How traffic calming works

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

Traffic calming helps encourage safe driving by slowing vehicle speeds, and reducing the volume of street traffic.

We implement traffic calming measures in residential neighbourhoods in four ways:

  • Residents request the City pay for speed humps on their local street
  • 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
  • We implement traffic diverters, separated lanes, and curb bulges as part of conditions on new developments
  • We implement a variety of traffic calming measures as part of a Neighbourhood Traffic Management Program project

What's happening

New Neighbourhood Traffic Management Program

We are starting a new program to implement traffic calming measures in neighbourhoods in need across the city. The program will construct traffic calming measures in neighbourhoods to address speeding and shortcutting issues.

Learn more about the new Neighbourhood Traffic Management Program

Strathcona traffic calming 

In spring 2022, we proposed new traffic calming measures in Strathcona on local residential streets. Following public engagement, five measures were approved for construction in summer 2022. The program area is bound by Prior/Venables St, Clark Dr, E Hastings St, and Gore Ave.

Learn more about the new traffic calming measures approved for Strathcona

Hastings-Sunrise – Adanac Overpass neighbourhood traffic calming

We will be proposing new traffic calming measures in Hastings-Sunrise, in the neighbourhood surrounding the Adanac Overpass. In response to safety concerns from residents, we last hosted a transportation Listen and Learn in May 2017. Follow-up engagement is planned for March 2023.

Learn more about past engagement in Hastings-Sunrise

Prior St enhancements and pilot

Between 2020 and 2022, we undertook a pilot project to address long-standing traffic safety concerns on Prior and Venables streets.

Learn more about the Prior St enhancements and pilot

Transportation safety

Vision zero: Our goal is to move towards zero traffic-related fatalities.

Learn about types of traffic calming

Speed Hump Program

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 street and sidewalk repairs

Request repairs to a street, sidewalk, lane, or bike lane.

Request a sign repair

Request cleaning or repairs for a street sign.

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