What is traffic calming?
Traffic calming is a way to reduce motor vehicle speeds and improve the safety and livability of residential streets. Traffic calming can be achieved in a variety of ways but is usually done by making physical changes to the streetscape. These changes intentionally force drivers to slow down.
Why is traffic calming necessary?
Our streets should be designed to make it uncomfortable to drive faster than the speed limit, which is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. By implementing traffic calming treatments that help to achieve this goal, residents, cyclists, and pedestrians can all feel safer on Somerville's streets.
I think that cars drive too fast on my street. What can I do?
To have your street considered for traffic calming, fill out the petition form here and return it to the Traffic Commission Administrator. Your street will be put onto our traffic calming request list, and the city will begin to collect data on that street. Once this is complete, your street will be prioritized based on factors such as crash rates, adjacent land uses, and the extent of speeding. Streets at the top of the prioritization list will be more likely to receive funding and will be addressed first.
Which streets are currently being petitioned?
The City of Somerville is currently reviewing petitions for a number of streets throughout the City. As part of this process, the City performed a data study to identify the current speed and traffic conditions of these streets. You can see the results of this study in this PDF.
Speed (85th): a common measure used in transportation engineering that defines the speed that 85% of traffic is going slower than on a given street.
ADT: ADT refers to the Average Daily Traffic of a street, or the number of vehicles traveling on a street during an average weekday. If the volume of vehicles is too high or too low, the number of traffic calming interventions that could be implemented will be limited.
How can I learn more about traffic calming?
We welcome you to read our Traffic Calming Guide for more information.
Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergangon Friday, August 24, at 9 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Hoyt Sullivan Playground. Located at 117 Central St., Hoyt Sullivan Playground design highlights natural features and encourages exploratory adventure play.
Join the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and Ward 2 Alderman J.T. Scott on Tuesday, May 8, for a community meeting to discuss the City’s newest open space at ArtFarm. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Argenziano School cafeteria, 290 Washington St.
Please join Somerville Commissioner of Veterans’ Services Bryan Bishop and project design team CBA Landscape Architects on Tuesday, May 1, for the second community meeting to discuss the redesign of Henry Hansen Park. The community meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The City of Somerville Tree Warden invites all interested residents and community members to a public hearing on Wednesday, May 2, to discuss upcoming tree removal as part of the rehabilitation of Prospect Hill Park. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Please join the Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, Ward 2 Alderman JT Scott, and Alderman at Large Stephanie Hirsch for a community meeting on Monday, February 12, to discuss upcoming renova
Continuing a multi-year planning and design process, all interested parties are invited to join Mayor Joseph Curtatone and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development on Tuesday, December 5, at 6 p.m. at the Brickbottom Artists Association, 1 Fitchburg St., for a meeting to discuss the future of the ARTFarm site.
Please join Ward 3 Alderman Robert McWatters, and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, for the third in a series of community meetings to discuss upcoming renovations to Prospect Hill Park.
Construction for phase one of the Winter Hill Schoolyard project is scheduled to begin on the Thurston St. level on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The first phase involves transferring the asphalt court on the lower level into a turf playing field.
Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the Somerville Community Preservation Committee (CPC), and the Friends of the Community Path to celebrate the reopening of the Grove-to- Cedar section of the Community Path following repaving work that occurred this month.
On Tuesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 3, 2017, a portion of the Somerville Community Path (Davis Square to Cedar St.) will be closed as City contractors repave this section of the path.