The Pace Car Program is a citizen-based traffic calming initiative that encourages Northampton residents to take responsibility for their own driving while setting the pace for safer streets and neighborhoods. The concept is simple: Northampton residents sign a pledge to drive safely, courteously, and within the speed limit on our city streets and receive an official Northampton Pace Car sticker to display on their vehicles.
The Pace Car sticker shows other drivers that you are taking part in a community based effort to address the problems of traffic speed, safety, and congestion in Northampton. The sticker also serves as a "pledge reminder" to Pace Car drivers each time we get behind the wheel and drive around our city and through other people's neighborhoods.
The Pace Car concept originated in Boise, Idaho and has been replicated in Atlanta, Greensboro, Santa Cruz, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, and other cities and towns across the nation.
About the Program
The program is inexpensive and based on a simple, yet ingenious approach to traffic calming: cars calming other cars. By setting a safe and livable pace for other drivers and sharing the road with pedestrians and bicycles. Pace Cars, in effect, become mobile traffic calming devices or rolling speed bumps.
From the Mayor
In March 2006, Mayor Mary Clare Higgins recommended the establishment of a Pace Car program to the Northampton Transportation and Parking Commission. In her letter, Mayor Higgins explained that "if even 10% to 20% of drivers participate, the speeds in the entire city would slow down."
The Commission unanimously endorsed Mayor Higgins' proposal and, after further discussion and research, officially launched the Northampton Pace Car program on June 8, 2006. Be a part of the solution to Northampton's traffic problem. Take the pledge and become a Northampton Pace Car driver today.