34 Blog Posts From the Traffic Calming Tag


Denying Reality: When Politics Trumps Engineering

By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist I used to watch my city’s Traffic Council meetings every month. It was amusing to see the difference between rumor and reality. Once a resident said her street was packed with parked cars every day and nobody could get out of the driveway. Field observation by city DPW showed […]

What Happens If You Remove All The Traffic Signs From A City?

There’s an interesting article over at The Wilson Quarterly about a traffic engineer with some unique, counter-intuitive ideas on how to make driving more safe and enjoyable. Here’s an excerpt: In the last few years, however, one traffic engineer did achieve a measure of global celebrity, known, if not exactly by name, then by his […]

The Secret Behind The Popularity Of Traffic Calming

The term “traffic calming” is simply a device to put a favorable “spin” on tactics used to obstruct, divert and slow traffic. Proponents of these tactics are usually persons who live along urban or suburban streets and object to motor vehicle traffic passing by their homes. Although residents usually couch their complaints in terms like […]

How A Simple Flyer Turned The Tides

An NMA member made the flyer below and handed it out to his neighbors when there were speed bumps were being considered for his neighborhood. There was widespread support for the speed bumps initially, but that quickly changed after they read the flyer. THINKING OF SIGNING THAT SPEED BUMP PETITION? Here are some questions we […]