The objective of traffic calming is to reduce the speed of traffic on a local or collector roadway with the use of physical traffic calming measures.

Types of requests may include:

  • Traffic calming measures such as speed humps, chicanes, pinch points, raised intersections, islands, traffic circles.

A request for physical traffic calming measures requires City Council approval. Traffic Operations staff must carry out an investigation process prior to Council approval. Physical traffic calming can only be considered on roads classified as local or collector.

The City of Toronto installs sinusoidal profile speed humps of a length of 4m (13.1 ft.) and a height of 75mm (3 inches.). As for speeds, although they can accommodate 40 km/hr (25 mph) traffic speeds, they are typically placed in groups of two/three or more on traffic calmed streets with a posted 30 km/hr (18.6 mph) speed limit.

Contact 311 to submit a service request for traffic calming measures on roads or laneways.
A petition process is required as per Council Policy.

The process involves the following:

  • Project initiation (Petition, Meeting Request) Petition can be waived by Community Council
  • Consideration of area-wide impacts
  • Basic road safety/design review
  • Consultation with emergency services and TTC staff
  • Traffic study and technical evaluation
  • Consideration of options
  • Report to Community Council
  • If traffic calming is technically supportable, the report will seek to
    • authorize poll  ((polling can be waived by Community Council)
    • authorize road alteration bylaw
    • if traffic calming is not technically supportable, then an information report is submitted
    • conduct a formal poll (polling can be waived by Community Council
    • letter / report to proponent on poll results

The cost of installing one speed hump is approximately $4,000. This includes the cost of the asphalt hump, pavement marking in the form of pavement arrows and warning signage, polling and traffic counts.

More information about the City of Toronto's Traffic Calming Policy is available on the City of Toronto website.