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.
After data is collected for the area of concern and presented to the public, the Transportation and Parking Commission votes to "Recommend" or "Not Recommend" that the requested traffic calming project be placed on the City's "Priority List of Traffic Calming Projects". The applications are prioritized by the number of points awarded. The prioritization criteria is listed on page 10 of the Traffic Calming manual. The following link is a Google Doc spreadsheet showing the current priority list.