City of Charlotte Makes it Easier to Reduce Vehicle Speeds in Neighborhoods
Britt Clampitt
Traffic Calming Policy

The changes go into effect immediately.

Mapping the Need for Equity

Traffic Calming 675 all way stops 1,935 speed humps

Jason Puckett  00:00
Hello and welcome to your City Council recap. I'm Jason Puckett. In this video series we take a deeper dive into some of the votes on Monday night's council meeting. And in this one, we're talking about the new traffic calming policy.

Julie Eiselt  00:13
We have a motion and a second. So I'll go through the roll call. Mr. Newton?

Matt Newton  00:18

Julie Eiselt  00:19
Ms. Watlington?

Victoria Watlington  00:20

Julie Eiselt  00:20
I'm a yes. Mrs. Ajmera?

Dimple Ajmera  00:22

Julie Eiselt  00:23
Mr. Phipps?

Greg Phipps  00:24

Julie Eiselt  00:25
Mr. Winston?

Braxton Winston  00:26

Julie Eiselt  00:27
Mr. Bokhari?

Tariq Bokhari  00:28

Julie Eiselt  00:29
Mr. Driggs?

Ed Driggs  00:29

Julie Eiselt  00:30
Mr. Egleston?

Larken Egleston  00:31

Julie Eiselt  00:31
Mr. Graham?

Malcolm Graham  00:32

Julie Eiselt  00:32
Ms. Johnson.

Renee Johnson  00:33

Julie Eiselt  00:34
Thank you.

Jason Puckett  00:35
That was the Council voting unanimously to pass an update to the neighborhood traffic calming policy. Now if you're wondering what traffic calming actually is, well, let's ask the CDOT engineering program manager Angela Berry.

Angela Berry  00:48
Neighborhood traffic calming is our effort to provide slower speeds, and in a sense column traffic, right just like it says.

Jason Puckett  00:59
The city does this in multiple ways.

Angela Berry  01:01
[The] very first thing we do when a neighborhood calls and asks for traffic calming, is if it's a local street or collector that we can safely lower the speed limit to 25 miles per hour — first thing we do out of the gate.

Jason Puckett  01:13
Secondary options include installing speed bumps and installing multi-way stops. Now the vote on Monday didn't change any of those measures. What it did change is how people can request traffic calming measures, and who can make those requests.

Angela Berry  01:27
So we lowered the values by which people could obtain neighborhood traffic calming. So we lowered the volume requirements, and we lowered the speed requirements. So that was a good thing. But it still required the petition process. And so the petition process is burdensome to our citizens, right. So what we're going to do is instead of the petition process, once we identify a street and it qualifies, then you will go on the list and we will send the opposition only postcard out and hopefully the process will be shorter. Definitely not as burdensome on our citizens and quite honestly, not as burdensome on our staff.

Jason Puckett  02:06
Removing the petition process also benefits property renters.

Angela Berry  02:10
This checks that equity box right for those neighborhoods where maybe we have a little bit higher rental property type than home ownership property type that they can qualify now without having to go through the whole signature of a petition.

Jason Puckett  02:26
Now if you want to request traffic coming in your neighborhood, make sure you check the guidelines on the CDOT website or give a call to 311. Thanks for joining us Inside the Crown.

Qualifying Streets for Traffic Calming

How to Request Traffic Calming

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