Encinitas considers overhauling process for calming traffic

September 18, 2017 by  

Encinitas may change the way it responds to residents who ask for “speed calming” measures like speed bumps.

At present, people who want such efforts made in their neighborhoods have to go through a process called the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program, which can take years.

Recently, the Traffic and Public Safety Commission unanimously recommended the city council approve a streamlined system. The commission suggested the city consider a “first tier” process for residential streets, which would involve installing relatively inexpensive restrictions such as speed feedback signs.

In order to participate, a neighborhood would need to send in a petition signed by 10 households on either side of the street in question. The city would then spend several weeks collecting data on traffic and speed, before deciding whether or not to move forward. If the street is deemed suitable, it will be ranked with others by average speed and the volume of traffic, with attention going first to those streets with a high volume of fast traffic.

If the street is chosen, the city will ask neighbors where they want the restrictions, and they will be asked to give an advisory vote on the final plan. A minimum of 75% of the neighbors would have to respond, and two thirds of that percent would need to approve the locations before the city would proceed. Residents who attended the Traffic Commission meeting largely supported the measure.

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