Traffic calming refers to techniques that are available to either lessen the number of vehicles or reduce the speed of vehicles travelling in a residential neighbourhood. The City of Regina follows very specific guidelines to determine which roads and streets are approved for traffic calming techniques.
Traffic calming techniques
There are 3 traffic calming techniques used by the City of Regina:
- Vertical deflectors Vertical deflectors are devices like speed humps, rumble strips and raised intersections/ crosswalks. If you speed over a vertical deflector, you will experience an unpleasant jolt and possibly damage your vehicle.
- Horizontal deflectors Horizontal deflectors are devices like chicanes, traffic circles, median islands and curb extensions or chokers. Horizontal deflectors reduce both speed and traffic volumes by making a route more difficult to drive at a high speed and make it more time-consuming (when compared to alternate routes.)
- Obstructions Obstructions are devices like traffic diverters, intersection restrictions, directional closures, and full closures. These devices control traffic volumes, restrict traffic movements, and reduce short-cutting by prohibiting certain movements or restricting access altogether by motorists.
To request traffic calming for your street
Use the City’s online Contact Us form if you wish to request your street be reviewed for traffic calming. When completing the form:
- Select the option “request for service”
- Enter the street name and block number of the street you are requesting for a speed limit review
- In the description box, indicate that you want the City to investigate traffic calming on that street and any details to support your request.
- Enter your name and personal contact information at the end, in case the City has to contact you to obtain more information.
- Record the number assigned to your request if you wish to monitor the status of your request online or by phoning 306-777-7000.
Once received, the City of Regina goes through a 2-step process to investigate and implement traffic calming:
1. City investigates the situation by:
- verifying the reported problem
- determining if traffic calming will resolve the problem
- submitting the request to emergency service providers to review (to ensure the proposed calming will NOT impact response times)
- determining if funds are available to implement the traffic calming measures
2. City obtains public input by:
- hosting an open house about the proposed traffic calming project
- conducting a public survey (2/3 of returned surveys must be in favour of the project)
The traffic calming project can only proceed if it receives positive responses in Step 1 and 2.
If your traffic calming request is denied
Most speeding on residential streets is done by motorists who live in that area. To encourage everyone to drive the speed limit, you can:
- encourage your neighbours and visitors to drive the speed limit when travelling down your street
- write an article for your community association newsletter
- set an example by obeying the rules of the road and posted speed limits when you drive