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Traffic Safety Section
200 E. Santa Clara St.
8th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 535-3850
Fax:     (408) 292-6092

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Traffic Calming
What is Traffic Calming?
Traffic calming is a way of managing traffic so that its negative impacts on residents, pedestrians, and schools are minimized. Traffic calming solutions include traffic and parking enforcement services, educating school children and neighborhood groups about traffic safety, and/or installing various engineering devices, such as a crosswalk to enhance visibility of pedestrians or a traffic island to slow traffic movements.

The traffic calming toolkit serves as a guidebook for residents and community leaders. The toolkit describes various traffic calming measures, including their intended application, pros and cons, and approximate costs. The application of these measures depends upon available funding in any given year. Currently, traffic calming services are limited to traffic engineering, traffic and parking enforcement, and traffic safety education services. The toolkit also includes information about Council Policy 5-6, Traffic Calming Policy for Residential Neighborhoods.