About the Institute of Traffic Engineers
The Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) defines traffic calming as, “the combination of mostly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized users”. In plain English, traffic calming is building or retrofitting roadways with certain features and characteristics that induce drivers to slow down and pay more attention to their surroundings.
The City of Northampton Transportation Policies adopted in 2005 directed the Transportation and Parking Commission to develop a program for implementing traffic calming measures on our streets and roadways.
After considerable study and research, the commission developed a Draft Northampton Traffic Calming Program document for discussion and review by other city boards, elected officials, and most importantly, the public. A joint public hearing on the document was held between the commission and the Board of Public Works (which has direct jurisdiction over city streets) in 2007 to gather additional input on the proposed program.
The draft was finalized in September 2008 and following unanimous votes of adoption by both the Transportation and Parking Commission and Board of Public Works, the was sent to the Northampton City Council for its review and potential endorsement.
- Traffic Calming Priority Ranking
- Cardinal Way Proposal
- Hatfield Street Proposal
- Federal Street Traffic Counting Location Map
Traffic Calming Experiment Videos
A test of various traffic calming devices manufactured by Traffic Logix was conducted in the City of Northampton on May 30, 2008. The test was organized by new Department of Public Works as part of the City's ongoing efforts to implement a traffic calming program.