CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OHIO—On Monday, August 1, 2022, the City of Cleveland Heights will launch its new Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program to give residents the opportunity to reduce the risks from vehicular traffic through their neighborhoods.
The new program provides a process for residents to ask the City to take steps to “calm” the traffic on local and “collector” streets (the streets that connect local roads with arteries) by reducing excessive speeding or traffic volumes. The steps the City may take to calm traffic on a particular street may involve a combination of increased police enforcement, education, and temporary or permanent physical changes to the roadway.
“When residents feel traffic or speeding in their neighborhoods is threatening their safety and quality of life, they need a way to ask the City for help,” Cleveland Heights Mayor Kahlil Seren said. “And the City needs a process for evaluating their concerns and coming up with solutions. Our new Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program meets both these needs.”
Cleveland Heights’ Neighborhood Traffic Calming process involves five steps:
- Residents along a section of a street petition the City for traffic calming
- The City studies the traffic patterns on the street, evaluates the results, and proposes solutions
- The City meets with residents to discuss the study results and solutions
- The City surveys residents along the street section to ensure they are supportive
- The City will complete the review, approval, and implementation process.
“This new program puts residents in the driver’s seat,” Mayor Seren added. “Residents know when there is speeding or excess traffic on their streets—they experience it first-hand. Our new traffic calming program allows them to take the lead in solving these problems.”
In launching the program, Cleveland Heights has added a new Traffic Calming page to its website and published a Traffic Calming Brochure guiding residents through the process for seeking traffic calming on their streets.
The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is an outgrowth of Cleveland Heights’ award-winning Complete and Green Streets Policy and its commitment to Vision Zero principles for “eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility.”