The purpose of the Traffic Calming Policy is to provide Township staff, the public, and Council with a systematic procedure for the initiation, investigation, and implementation of traffic calming measures within residential neighbourhoods on collector and local roads. This policy does not apply to arterial roads because typically they are intended to serve higher traffic volumes and higher speeds, and usually correspond to roads under the jurisdiction of Oxford County. Traffic calming can be a contentious subject and should be dealt with in a clear, concise, and transparent manner that will meet the needs and expectations of the community. While some residents perceive that they already have the solutions to traffic issues in their neighbourhood, studies across North America have shown that using the wrong tool to address a traffic issue often does not solve the problem, and could also result in creating additional safety issues in the area. Our Traffic Calming Measures policy defines what traffic calming is and how to properly address these types of concerns. Because traffic calming measures have a direct impact on neighbourhoods and the residents living in them, public participation and community support for the traffic calming measure is highly important. Resident communication, support and feedback is included throughout the process. This public participation allows residents to voice their support and concerns for the Township’s consideration in traffic calming measures. It also provides staff with the opportunity to explain to residents the benefits of traffic calming measures, while deterring them from less effective countermeasures. Council approved the Township of Zorra Traffic Calming Policy and Guide at the November 18, 2020 meeting.
Traffic Calming Guide
Traffic Calming Guide (accessible format)
Traffic Calming Policy
Traffic Calming Measures - Resident Guide
Traffic Calming Measures - Resident Guide (accessible format)
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