City seeks input on Traffic Calming Policy review

April 15, 2021

The City of Kingston is seeking your input as it reviews its Traffic Calming Policy and develops new Traffic Calming Guidelines. Visit by 4 p.m. on May 6 to learn more, ask questions and complete a 10-minute survey (see alternate ways to provide input below).

Aimed at improving neighbourhood road safety, traffic calming involves the use of physical measures that alter driver behaviour and improve safety for all road users. Improving walkability, roads and transportation is one of Council’s strategic priorities for the 2019-22 term.

“The proposed policy and accompanying draft guidelines recommend new ways for traffic calming concerns to be considered and introduce additional traffic calming tools available for use,” says Matt Kussin, Manager, Transportation Policy and Programs.

The policy review will result in a new standardized approach to traffic calming as the City seeks to better address vehicle speeding concerns in neighbourhoods across Kingston. This includes prioritizing measures that can be installed more easily and quickly compared to other measures that are typically considered. Under this new approach, traffic calming implementations could take place along 12 neighbourhood streets each year.

The City 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 and Transportation Policies Committee in June, along with the proposed policy and guidelines.

Don’t have a computer? The survey can be completed over the phone or may be mailed out to you (with a return postage-paid envelope) by calling City Customer Service at 613-546-0000.