|TRAFFIC CALMING POLICY REVIEW
|Neighborhood Survey Results
In recent years, the City of Knoxville utilized two broad categories of methods to control neighborhood traffic and address residents' safety concerns. Physical or traffic calming devices were installed from 2006 through 2008. Efforts known as "education and enforcement" were employed from 2009 to the present.
Physical devices included speed humps, traffic circles, and medians while "education and enforcement" efforts include installation of residential 25 mph signs, rumble strips at major neighborhood access points and additional police enforcement of speeding laws.
Costs for designing and installing physical devices are significantly higher than education and enforcement measures -- one of the reasons the City discontinued this part of the program in 2008.
In gearing up for a review of its traffic calming policy, the Rogero Administration wanted to know how satisfied city residents were with the approach used in their neighborhoods. Did residents perceive one approach to be more effective than the other?
To find out, the City retained the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation at the University of Tennessee's College of Social Work to poll randomly selected citizens in the affected neighborhoods. See the results of this research.
Here is a list of the neighborhoods from which residents were randomly sampled:
Neighborhoods that received physical devices
Crystal Lake Drive
Fourth and Gill (one intersection)
Old North Knoxville
Neighborhoods that received "Education and Enforcement"
Alice Bell / Spring Hill
Cecil & Brown Avenues
Fourth & Gill
Landmark (city & county)
Oakwood Lincoln Park
Top of the Ridge
Wilson / Fern / Castle / McDonald