“Road diets” are one approach to traffic calming. Road diets involve a reduction in the width of vehicular travel lanes and reallocate that space for other uses such as bicycle lanes, pedestrian crossing islands, left turn lanes, or parking. Safety and operational benefits for vehicles and pedestrians include
Implementation of traffic calming measures can reduce traffic speed, reduce motor-vehicle collisions, and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. These measures can also increase pedestrian and bicycling activity.
Striping and Pavement Marking
Striping is a cost-effective and simple way to slow traffic down, but also more effective in communication speed limits, intersections, and bike lanes to those on the road. Throughout Manitou Springs there are pavement markings that say "stop" or communicate the speed limit.
Something as simple as having drivers look down and pay attention to the road in front of them is effective in mitigating speeding in our neighborhoods.
Speed bumps are a common form of traffic calming, but come with consequences for liability, maintenance, and snow removal issues. They are intended to make drivers more aware of their speeds by imparting a rocking motion, but can still be comfortably crossed at speeds of 20 to 25 mph.
The City has installed temporary speed bumps in certain residential areas, but in order to add them, we must first complete a traffic study to ensure that the conditions of the traffic merit a speed bump. The bumps are removed in winter time for snow removal.
Signage is a cost-effective and simple way to slow down traffic. Of course, signage communicating the speed limit for the road works to let people know, by law, what speed is required of them. But, more importantly, signage alerting drivers of crosswalks, sharp curves, bumps in the road, etc. are all effective in calming traffic.
Pedestrian crossing signs placed in the middle of the road are particularly effective for slowing vehicles down at crosswalk locations.
Traffic Calming Request Form
If you are interested in having a traffic calming method implemented on a roadway in Manitou Springs, you can apply for one through our Traffic Calming Request Form.