How traffic calming works
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
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 late 2022 or early 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
Find out how speed humps help to reduce the speed of traffic on Vancouver's neighbourhood streets and lanes.
Find out how curb bulges help increase safety for pedestrians, and encourage vehicles to slow down.
Learn what a traffic circle or traffic roundabout is, and how to navigate a traffic circle.
Request repairs to a street, sidewalk, lane, or bike lane.
Request cleaning or repairs for a street sign.
Recognize the signs and signals used in Vancouver and know the regulations that help keep everyone safe.
Construction, film, and special event projects that use streets, laneways, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities are required to control traffic.
Learn about community improvements that are part of ongoing planning projects in Vancouver.