Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

Neighborhood traffic calming project idea

Apply for funding to help slow neighborhood traffic

The City of Vancouver has several opportunities for Vancouver residents to help slow neighborhood traffic and increase pedestrian safety. In 2017, the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program marks its fifth year and will allocate approximately $300,000 for traffic calming projects.  

Guidelines for proposals have been updated for 2017:

  • Neighborhoods may submit only one application per program year
  • Preliminary project cost estimates cannot exceed $120,000 per project
  • Infrastructure projects - speed cushions or raised crosswalks, for example - will be limited to only residential and collector arterial street
  • Infrastructure and radar/school zone sign projects must meet speed, volume and petition criteria


Signing & Striping Proposals
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Infrastructure & In-roadway Traffic Calming Device Proposals
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BACKGROUND: City of Vancouver and NTSA offer program to help residents slow neighborhood traffic

In March of 2013, the City of Vancouver, working in conjunction with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA), launched the revitalized Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, with tips and possible project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community.

The City and the NTSA, an organization of citizen volunteers from Vancouver’s neighborhoods who advocate for neighborhood traffic safety, worked jointly on developing this program. The city had previously phased out its Neighborhood Traffic Management Program in 2010 due to limited resources and budget shortfalls, but continued to look for innovative ways to help neighborhoods throughout Vancouver address concerns about traffic speeds and volumes. Collaborative efforts of NTSA leaders and city staff have led to this program.

The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program takes a citywide approach to help neighborhood associations manage traffic and address high priority needs within residential areas. This program has been set up with limited resources to allow residents to take the initiative when seeking traffic calming solutions while providing the most benefit for their neighborhoods and community.

A step-by-step guide and toolbox of possible traffic calming methods help neighborhoods through the process, beginning with interested residents attending a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance meeting, submitting a pre-application and circulating an informal petition to show neighborhood support. This is a competitive process that allows residents to apply for limited program funding.

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