Traffic Calming Policy Review

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The City is proposing updates to its Traffic Calming Policy and has developed a new set of Traffic Calming Guidelines to better address vehicle speeding concerns in neighbourhoods across Kingston. The updated policy and guidelines recommend new ways for traffic calming concerns to be considered and include additional traffic calming tools available for use. These include:

  • Type I (minor-adjustment) measures
  • Type II (engineered-based) measures
  • Community-based initiatives

The City is seeking input from residents on these new approaches to traffic calming. Before providing your input below, please take a few moments to review the Traffic Calming Policy and Guidelines Summary that outlines important information about the proposed updates. A list of Frequently Asked Questions and a draft of the Traffic Calming Policy and Guidelines are also available for review.

City staff will review and consider input when finalizing the policy and guidelines.

All input will be compiled in a report and presented to the Environment, Infrastructure & Transportation Policies Committee with the proposed policy and guidelines in June.

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Download the reporting back for the Traffic Calming Policy Review engagement.


The City is proposing updates to its Traffic Calming Policy and has developed a new set of Traffic Calming Guidelines to better address vehicle speeding concerns in neighbourhoods across Kingston. The updated policy and guidelines recommend new ways for traffic calming concerns to be considered and include additional traffic calming tools available for use. These include:

  • Type I (minor-adjustment) measures
  • Type II (engineered-based) measures
  • Community-based initiatives

The City is seeking input from residents on these new approaches to traffic calming. Before providing your input below, please take a few moments to review the Traffic Calming Policy and Guidelines Summary that outlines important information about the proposed updates. A list of Frequently Asked Questions and a draft of the Traffic Calming Policy and Guidelines are also available for review.

City staff will review and consider input when finalizing the policy and guidelines.

All input will be compiled in a report and presented to the Environment, Infrastructure & Transportation Policies Committee with the proposed policy and guidelines in June.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

If you have a question about traffic calming as it relates to the proposed policy and guidelines, submit it below. 

Questions will be accepted until May 6 at 4 p.m.

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    There are 7 Traffic Calming Implementations scheduled for 2021. After these are installed in May, will they be reviewed or monitored for their effectiveness? How does the city evaluate the effectiveness of these measures to determine whether Type II Engineer Methods or community based initiatives are also needed? How often are they maintained (for instance, the paint will fade for the ladder crossings)?

    spatel asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for submitting these questions. Yes, the City will review and monitor the installations for their effectiveness, particularly as it relates to the travel periods to and from school when in-person learning returns. The City may collect speed data and/or conduct on-site assessments to determine the effectiveness of the measures and make adjustments as needed. 

    In some cases, Type I measures provide an opportunity to test concepts that can inform the design of Type II measures as part of future capital work. Community-based initiatives are intended to be available for interested residents to participate in and may supplement existing measures (for example, the ‘Park & Stride’ community-based initiative).

    The maintenance schedule of the measures depends on the type of application that is used. For instance, pavement markings that are in the travel lanes may need to be re-applied more frequently, however typically measures such as ladder crossings are specific durable marking types for these purposes. The City will monitor the condition of the measures and re-apply as needed.

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    How has traffic calming planned for women, children and the elderly? These are segments of the population that typically walk more often (as opposed to commuting to work)? For instance, does traffic calming also include widening of sidewalks and subsequent, narrowing of roadways?

    spatel asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Yes, traffic calming may include the narrowing of vehicle travel lanes and/or roadways. Measures included in the draft guidelines that may have a narrowing effect include curb extensions, raised median islands, on-street parking, lane narrowing, and vertical centreline bollards. Specifically, when placed at an intersection or pedestrian crossing, curb extensions can reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and increase their visibility, as well as create a narrowed section of roadway.

    More broadly, the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan and Active Transportation Implementation Plan provide a long-term roadmap for active transportation in Kingston for all ages and abilities through a multi-disciplinary approach, including infrastructure, programming, and operational investments. This includes the construction of prioritized sidewalk segments and pedestrian crossings that support safe walking trips and neighbourhood connections.

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    How do I request traffic calming measures for our street?

    emarin asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Under the proposed policy update, you can submit a neighbourhood transportation issue through its main customer service channels (contact@cityofkingston.ca or by calling 613-546-0000). If the primary issue is determined to be a speeding or traffic volume issue, traffic calming may be considered in the following ways:

    • Your local City Councillor may select the roadway for a traffic calming implementation as part of the proposed annual process.
    • Concerns that fall within neighbourhood areas that are participating in the City’s Safe Routes to School program will be captured for further review as part of this implementation.
    • Community-based initiatives will be available to interested residents to address ongoing neighbourhood transportation concerns.
    • Transportation issues received and reviewed by the City may be considered as part of long-term neighbourhood and capital project planning.

    More information about the proposed changes and how requests will be considered can be found in the summary document found here: https://getinvolved.cityofkingston.ca/21605/widgets/87008/documents/54473 

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    How do we balance the need for safer residential streets with the cost (construction, vehicle wear, fuel, driver's time) and the environmental impact (construction, fuel, noise) generated by some of the traffic calming solutions?

    Codylink asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. As you have alluded to, there are a number of factors to consider when implementing traffic calming measures. These include impacts to transit, emergency services, cycling, and ongoing maintenance that may be required. At a higher level, the draft guidelines include general principles (outlined in Section 1.5) to be considered when selecting and implementing traffic calming measures. Collectively, these principles ensure that the appropriate traffic calming measures are selected, that they are compatible with the community's needs, and any potential negative impacts are minimized.

    Also included in the draft guidelines is a more specific 'toolkit' of measures. For each measure considered, the toolkit includes a general description, the applicability, design/implementation considerations and ranges of costs for initial installation or construction. Each of these factors are considered and balanced with the goal of reducing vehicular speed along neighbourhood roads and improving safety for all road users.

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    Do you understand that type 2 causes delays in Emergency response? As a paramedic there are roads that i avoid just because of speed humps. This causes delays, and costs people there lives. City roads are so bad, that speed humps blend in, in other spots (brock at hdh). Do you consult emergency service before implementing?

    rbowlby asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback and question. Emergency Services will be consulted on traffic calming measures that may impact emergency response times. When selecting traffic calming measures, the City will strive to balance the needs of these services with slowing traffic on residential streets.

    A few measures included in the updated guidelines are specifically designed to better accommodate emergency vehicles, including speed cushions, which are a narrower version of a speed hump and are installed in the middle of each travel lane. They are designed to slow passenger vehicles while allowing vehicles with larger wheelbases (i.e. emergency vehicles and buses) to pass unimpeded. More information about Emergency Services considerations are included as part of 1.10.4 in the draft Policy & Guidelines.

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    What streets are considered for traffic calming ?

    Pete-Joe-Bob asked 5 months ago

    The traffic calming measures considered within the proposed traffic calming policy are applicable primarily along Local Roads. These roads are intended to permit local traffic to access private property and convey traffic to and from the collector street system in residential and neighbourhood areas. Depending on the scope of the project, built environment, and tools being considered, some traffic calming tools identified in the guidelines may also be applicable along Collector Roads.

    For Arterial roads, their role and function typically requires a different approach than on Local and Collector roads. As such, the traffic calming policy is not specifically applicable to Arterial Roads. Speeding issues along arterial roadways require consistent enforcement, and are typically best addressed through longer-term capital planning, such as through the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan.

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    Would lowering the unposted municipal speed limit to 35 km/hr (down from 50 km/hr) be one feasible low cost solution?

    Halda asked 5 months ago

    Reducing speed limits in isolation of other measures or changes to the roadway tends to have minimal impact on driver behaviour. Many motorists continue to drive at speeds they feel are reasonable and comfortable unless continual enforcement is present. The visual and physical cues that a driver uses to determine the appropriate speed should be consistent with the posted speed limit.

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