Traffic in residential areas is a major concern throughout Longmont, as well as in most other communities across the nation. This program has been developed in an effort to help citizens work with the City to implement procedures to reduce the impacts of traffic.
Solving neighborhood traffic issues is not as easy as it may seem. There are a variety of different perspectives and concerns that make implementing solutions challenging. Traffic safety, emergency vehicle response, traffic diversion, bicycling, parking, and pedestrian safety are just some of the many issues that need to be taken into consideration when designing and implementing a plan for neighborhood traffic mitigation.
The Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program
The Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program was developed by City staff in collaboration with a working citizen committee, and adopted by the City Council in November 2006. It is the mechanism by which residents can be involved in mitigating traffic problems in their own neighborhoods.
There are two levels of programs that are included in the neighborhood traffic mitigation program:
Level 1 strategies can be initiated by any citizen and includes non-invasive traffic mitigation tools such as "Slow Down in Our Neighborhood" lawn signs, directed police patrols, citizen initiated neighborhood radar patrols, radar speed trailers, and speed limit signs where applicable. Level 1 may also include more invasive strategies like turning prohibitions, parking modifications, street striping, and conversion of two-way streets to one-way streets. Permanent applications may require petitions and/or votes.
Level 2 strategies Keep in mind that the rules for negotiating an intersection with a traffic circle are different than that of unsignalized intersections without traffic circles. When approaching any roundabout, yield to drivers already in the circle. Our Traffic Engineering page more completely discusses roundabouts.
The Program Plan is available in PDF file format. Please be advised that these are large files and may take quite a while to download, particularly with a dial-up modem system.
- Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program - Report
- Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program - Appendices
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Should you be interested in implementing the traffic mitigation program process for your neighborhood, please feel free to contact Caroline Michael, Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program Coordinator.