The Institute of Transportation Engineers defines traffic calming: "Traffic calming is the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users."
What Is Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program?
Traffic Calming methods that the City of Owasso currently install are speed humps and stop signs. The Traffic Calming program started in 2004 to provide a way for citizens to request installation of speed humps in addition to the existing stop sign request process. The program was implemented to establish the process for how a citizen can submit their request and also to establish criteria and requirements for speed hump installation. The program encourages citizen involvement and is intended as an educational tool to help inform residents of the traffic speed concerns within their neighborhood.
What Is a Speed Hump?
Speed humps or speed tables (these terms can be used interchangeably) are designed and intended to calm traffic speeds to or below speed limits. These are different than speed bumps in that speed bumps are much smaller and generally slow traffic to near stops and are typically installed inside of parking lots.
How to Get Started
- Discuss your concerns with your neighbors and your homeowners/neighborhood association
- Identify the street segments that your neighborhood desires consideration for a speed hump
- Identify a contact person willing to see the application process through to the end (this includes a petitioning process)
- Fill out an application for each street segment requested by the contact person
- Turn in the application by emailing Owasso Neighborhood Coordinator