Traffic Calming

Neighborhood Traffic Management Program

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 Due to the high number of requests for traffic speeds and pedestrian safety, the City of Dallas is establishing a Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) to provide a clear structure for addressing traffic calming concerns. The program is a joint effort between the residents and the City to improve traffic safety in the City of Dallas neighborhoods. The NTMP will engage applicants to determine the appropriate method of traffic management.

What is a Neighborhood Traffic Management Program?

The purpose of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) is to reduce crashes, traffic volumes and/or speeds; thereby improving pedestrian safety and creating more pleasant neighborhoods for the citizens of Dallas. Although neighborhood traffic concerns generally relate to excessive speed, pedestrian and bicycle safety, cut-through traffic, crashes, and general quality of life issues, this program recognizes the uniqueness of neighborhoods and that the critical issues and concerns vary from case to case. The purpose of this program is to both support that objective and address other quality of life concerns as they relate to vehicular traffic in neighborhoods.

About Traffic Calming

Traffic Calming involves physical alterations to road geometry to reduce vehicle speeds and/or decrease cut-through traffic volume, as a means to improve safety for all users.

Traffic calming goals include:

  • to slow traffic,
  • to reduce cut-through traffic volumes,
  • to make streets safer, in general,
  • to make streets safer particularly for pedestrians and cyclists,

Traffic calming objectives include:

  • achieving slow speeds for motor vehicles,
  • reducing collision frequency and severity,
  • increasing the safety and the perception of safety for non-motorized users of the street(s),
  • reducing the need for police enforcement,
  • enhancing the street environment (e.g., streetscaping),
  • encouraging water infiltration into the ground,
  • increasing access for all modes of transportation, and
  • reducing cut-through motor vehicle traffic.