Traffic calming

You can learn how to request traffic calming, and read about our new draft traffic calming process
traffic circle in winter
Traffic circle
car approaching crosswalk bump out
Bump out at crosswalk
car driving over speed hump
Speed hump on residential street

Traffic calming proposal

Traffic calming definition

“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.” ~ Traffic Calming: State of the Practice (ITE/FHWA, 1999)

On neighborhood streets the concerns are usually about speeding, cut-through traffic, or failing to yield or stop. If we can validate the concerns, the tools we have available can address the concerns, and we have the resources to install the tool, we will implement low cost and temporary changes. These tools include traffic circles, speed humps, bump outs, and other changes to the street that encourage drivers to slow down and drive more carefully. You can learn about these tools in appendix F of the draft document. 

How to request traffic calming

You should call 311 to let us know about traffic safety issues and request traffic calming. We ask that you explain the issues using as much detail as possible, instead of just asking for a specific solution, so that we can evaluate the issue and propose possible solutions. We received about 2,500 requests each year, and respond in the order we receive them. We ask for your patience while we look at the details of each issue, as the number of requests has greatly increased. We are proposing a new process that will go into effect in 2022, and will make the request process work more smoothly.

The proposed process

We want your input on a new process we are proposing to address traffic safety concerns and traffic calming requests.

 The proposed process for neighborhood traffic calming seeks to provide a process that

  • better considers the overall network
  • is data-driven and transparent
  • is more equitable

You will find details about the proposal including the streets that are eligible for this process, an application form, an update toolbox, information about how we rank the applications, and a proposed timeline:

 Presentation to TPW committee September 29, 2021 (item #11)

 Draft Traffic Calming flow chart

 Neighborhood traffic calming - September 2021

Share your feedback

Survey feedback form

Please share your comments, questions, and suggestions on this proposed process by January 31, 2022.

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Neighborhood traffic calming process feedback form

Contact us

Jennifer Lowry

Public Works Traffic and Parking Services




Border Maintenance Facility

300 Border Ave.

Minneapolis, MN  55405


Minneapolis 311


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