Neighborhood Traffic Calming

The goal of Cleveland Heights’ Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is to reduce excessive speeding and/or traffic volumes on local and collector streets (the streets that connect local roads with arteries). The process for including streets in the program must be initiated by neighborhood residents, not the City. Residents should be advised that some requests and subsequent studies may not result in the recommendation of traffic calming measures. Additionally, traffic calming measures may be limited based on funding availability.

How are streets approved for traffic calming?

Step 1: PETITION FOR TRAFFIC CALMING

Complete a petition requesting a traffic study. Only residents along the portion of the street for which traffic calming is being sought may sign. To be valid, the petition must include signatures from no less than 50% of the homes or apartments located on property along the affected portion of the street (only one signature per household will be counted). 

Step 2: STUDY AND EVALUATION

Once a qualified petition is received, City staff will initiate a traffic study to measure vehicle volume and speeds over a 72-hour period. The city’s Traffic Engineer will review the data and current roadway conditions. If speeds or volumes meet the criteria for traffic calming, staff will review the street section and propose a set of traffic calming measures that may be safely implemented.

Step 3: NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

Staff will review the traffic study with residents of the street and describe possible remedies at a neighborhood meeting. This provides an opportunity for residents to ask questions of staff and discuss solutions with their neighbors. The goal of the meeting is to determine whether there is support from the neighborhood to pursue any of the measures proposed by staff.

Step 4: NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY

If residents at the neighborhood meeting wish to move forward with a proposed traffic calming measure, staff will send a mail-back survey card to each household along the affected section of the street. At least 50% of the households surveyed must return the survey card and more than 60% of the responding households must agree with the traffic calming proposal for it to be considered for implementation.

Step 5: REVIEW AND APPROVAL

If the mail-back survey indicates approval by 60% of respondents, Staff will approve the traffic calming request and schedule its installation. The City will correspond with each of the residents on the street regarding the changes and implementation schedule.