New! Take advantage of Covid-19-related changes to the SFMTA traffic calming program to get speed humps on your block without the usual petition and signature requirements.
SFMTA TRAFFIC CALMING PROGRAM
UPDATE FOR APPLICANTS: Applications for the Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Traffic Calming Program are due by June 30, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the SFMTA is waiving the petition/signature requirement for the remainder of this application period. Please submit your completed Traffic Calming Request Form by the deadline and remember a petition is not required for applications submitted from May 4, 2020 through June 30, 2020. All applications for the FY2020/2021 Traffic Calming Program Cycle, including those submitted without a petition as provided above, will follow the same standard evaluation process.
The SFMTA’s Traffic Calming Program is a resident-directed, application-based program to address mid-block speeding on residential streets in San Francisco. The program seeks to enhance neighborhood livability by reducing the adverse impacts of vehicular traffic on residential streets and creating safer and more comfortable streets for people walking, bicycling, and driving alike.
What Traffic Calming Is:
Different types of traffic calming are appropriate on different types of streets – most often it involves physical safety improvements such as speed humps, speed cushions, speed tables, raised crosswalks, median islands, traffic circles, changes to lane widths, and lane shifting. These measures have been proven to reduce speeding and increase safety. Typically, speed humps, speed cushions, and speed tables are the most common traffic calming measures on our streets given their effectiveness in managing vehicular speeds, but other measures can be proposed if they are deemed more effective on a given street.
What Traffic Calming Isn’t:
The City’s Traffic Calming Program focuses on lower-cost measures effective at slowing vehicular speeds on residential streets. The program does not consider larger-scale solutions to traffic congestion or speeding challenges, speeding on higher-volume arterial streets, nor does it involve multi-block infrastructure improvements. Instead, traffic calming is a resident-directed, block-by-block solution to address mid-block speeding on residential streets.
In addition, traffic calming does not include the use of regulatory measures such as stop signs. Stop signs designate right-of-way for drivers at intersections and can only be installed if certain warrants are met. SFMTA gives careful consideration to the installation of stop signs as they are frequently ignored if not warranted. People crossing on foot can be given a false sense of security if it is assumed that all vehicles will come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Unlike traffic signals or stop signs at intersections, which do not reduce mid-block speeds, traffic calming measures part of this program encourage slower vehicular speed along the length of a block rather than at intersections.
If you have traffic-related issues at a particular intersection, these can be addressed by another group of engineers at the SFMTA. These concerns are best communicated with the SFMTA through the city’s 311 system.