A Real Way to Slow Down Traffic in your Neighborhood

Could your Vancouver neighborhood use help with traffic safety? The City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is accepting proposals and champion projects from now until May 31, 2019.

The Traffic Calming Program is in its seventh year and will be allocating about $270,000 for projects this year. The funding is made available through resources such as Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) and Vancouver Street Funding Strategy revenues. Working with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance, independent and resident-led, the Vancouver Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program offers many resources and opportunities for residents looking to slow traffic and make their neighborhood a more livable community.

Here are a few guidelines to consider when applying:

Neighborhoods may only submit one application per program year.

Applications will be accepted from City residents, whether representing a recognized neighborhood association or not. Applications will not be accepted from businesses, organizations/institutions, or schools; however, these entities may work with a resident and/or neighborhood association to propose a traffic calming project. All applicants are encouraged to work with their neighborhood associations on traffic calming proposals, as applicable.

Preliminary project cost estimates will be capped at $135,000 per project.

Infrastructure projects (speed cushions or raised crosswalks) will be limited to only residential and collector arterial streets.

Infrastructure and radar/school zone sign projects must meet speed/volume criteria and demonstrate resident support, as applicable.

Past projects have involved signing and surface striping, speed cushions, pedestrian refuge islands, radar feedback signs, and street trees. Two projects along Northwest 141’s Avenue and Northwest Lincoln Avenue are slated to start this summer. They were awarded funding in 2018.

To submit an application and find out more about the Traffic Calming Program, visit the City of Vancouver online.

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