Frequently Asked Questions

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A Jeep goes over a new raised crosswalk at Bruce/Albion in Nanaimo.

Traffic Calming FAQ

  • How can I request traffic calming on my street?

  • What is 85th percentile speed?

  • Why use 85th percentile speed over average speed?

  • What can be done about reckless drivers who speed excessively?

  • Would lower speed limits help slow drivers down?

  • Why are arterial and major collector roads not considered for Traffic Calming?

  • Why do we need criteria for traffic calming? Don’t most roads experience some forms of speeding?

  • What if I don’t want traffic calming on my street?

  • How much does traffic calming cost?

  • Is there funding from other levels of government for traffic calming?

  • Why isn’t my street a priority?


Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Guidelines, City of Nanaimo.

Canadian Guide for Neighbourhood Traffic, Transportation Association of Canada.

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Last updated: March 6, 2024

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