Welcome to the Traffic Calming Policy Review web section.
Speeding on residential streets is a very real concern for the safety of children, pedestrians, and bicyclists. A neighborhood's quality of life may also be impacted by noise, litter and the damage to property that can result from excessive speeds and cut-through traffic. Indeed, speeding in residential neighborhoods is among the top issues listed in every survey of concerns in Knoxville's neighborhoods.
For these reasons, the City of Knoxville this fall (2013) is conducting a review of its traffic calming policies and procedures in residential neighborhoods. To what extent the city alters its procedures depends on a number of factors, including cost, competing needs within a tight city budget, and citizen interest. A key part of this policy review involves collecting the ideas, suggestions, concerns and opinions of Knoxville citizens.
To make this process as smooth and as helpful as possible, we have assembled this collection of resources. First, please use these pages to educate yourself and your neighbors about traffic calming. Second, make your voice heard: attend a public meeting, fill out a survey, and/or communicate your views by letter or email.
Policy Review Timeline
See a timeline of the policy review and public input process.
What is Traffic Calming?
What are its advantages and disadvantages?
Traffic Calming Devices
See an explanation and photograph of each of the various types of traffic calming measures and devices.
What is the recent history of traffic calming in Knoxville?
What is the current policy for traffic calming as practiced by the City's Engineering and Police departments?
Peer City Review
How is traffic calming handled by cities in the Southeast U.S. that are about Knoxville's size?
Neighborhood Survey Results
See the results of a random survey of residents in Knoxville neighborhoods that had some form of traffic calming over the last several years.
Browse through a broad array of traffic calming resources.