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City of Berkeley Traffic Calming Process

To read the full Council resolution on Traffic Calming Policy, click here

 

Procedure for citizens requesting physical traffic calming measures in residential streets in Berkeley

 

Berkeley City Council passed a resolution in December 2009, establishing a process for evaluating citizens’ requests for physical traffic calming measures on residential streets. 

The following procedure establishes the methodology for processing such requests:

 

  1. The PW Transportation Division evaluates citizens’ requests for physical traffic calming in residential streets on an annual basis, to coincide with the City of Berkeley’s bi-annual budget cycle.
  2. Requests need to be made in writing, detailing the nature, frequency and the impact of the traffic problem, using the City-provided form. The deadline for receiving requests is Dec 31 every year for processing in the following year. The PW Transportation Division as the owner of the process records and maintains a list of these requests. You must be a resident of the area/street to request a traffic calming study/any potential measures. Requests can be submitted to Jesse Peoples at jpeoples@cityofberkeley.info.
  3. Between Jan 1 and Feb 15 the staff, based on criteria set out in the Traffic Calming Policy, conducts an initial review of the request, and if the request warrants further investigation, the staff will define the impacted area and the petition area.
  4. The applicant(s) will then be given this information in order to complete signature collection, which should then be submitted by March 15.
  5. From Mid-March to Early May traffic surveys are conducted to obtain pertinent traffic information. This data will be analyzed, and a determination will be made by the end of July whether the reported problem is validated.
  6. Following validation of the reported problem, the staff will spend the months of August and September to complete their study and identify possible solutions.
  7. During the months of October and November, the staff will meet with the affected community to seek their preferred solution out of the options presented by the staff. At the end of this process a consensus, as defined in the Traffic Calming Policy, is reached on the preferred solution.
  8. The staff will complete cost estimates for the selected solution(s) during the month of December, and will rank the project’s priority per the criteria set out in the City’s Traffic Calming Policy. The project will then be presented for inclusion in the Traffic Calming Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) list during the annual budget process.  Currently there is an annual budget of $50,000 citywide that will be applied to the top priority projects according to a point system (outlined in the Traffic Calming Policy) on an annual basis
  • For a traffic calming request questionnaire, click here
  • For a table showing minimum criteria to qualify, click here
  • For a flowchart illustrating the process, click  here
  • For a timeline of the process click here

All meetings shall be held in wheelchair-accessible City of Berkeley facilities. Where it is deemed necessary to observe traffic and/or neighborhood characteristics firsthand a sidewalk meeting may be held, as determined on a case-by-case basis. To request disability-related accommodations to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Disability Services Specialist at 981-6418 (V) or 981-6347 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date. Please refrain from wearing scented products to these meetings.

 Ballpark costs (at 2012 levels) for selected traffic calming options:

  • Traffic Circle:  $33,000 each
  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons System: $46,000 per pair
  • Bulbout with drainage: $40,000 per corner
  • Circular Flashing Beacons: $26,000 per pair
  • Speed Feedback Signs : $16,000 per sign location
  • Speed Table: $15,000 per table

 

 

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