Traffic Calming Implementation Process

Apply for traffic calming measures to be implemented on your street to reduce excessive speeding or traffic volumes.

The traffic calming measure available for a road depends on the classification of the road. Review the Residential Speed Survey Map for road classification. 

  • For minor collector and local roads, some examples of traffic calming measures include speed cushions, roundabouts and flexible bollards.
  • Arterial and major collector roads are not eligible for physical traffic calming measures, but may qualify for passive traffic calming features such as radar speed display signs. 

Residents concerned about excessive speeding or traffic volumes on their street may apply for traffic calming to be implemented.

Application and implementation process

The first step is to submit a petition signed by other residents on your street. A minimum of 60 per cent of households within the petition boundaries must be in favour of traffic calming in order to proceed to the next stage.

Email with your address and contact details to receive a petition template and boundaries for the petition area. Once we receive your petition, we'll review to determine if it is eligible to proceed and will provide further instructions within two weeks of receipt of your request. 

  • If the petition does not meet the 60 per cent threshold, the request does not proceed further.
  • If the petition meets the threshold, it moves to Step 2 of the traffic calming process.
  • Staff will provide the next steps and timelines to the petition representative within two weeks.

A speed study is required to determine if a street meets the required thresholds to qualify for implementing traffic calming measures. Speed studies are typically conducted in the spring or fall. If the request reaches step one in November, the speed study will be conducted in the spring of the following year.

In order to qualify for traffic calming, the traffic conditions of the street must meet one of the following criteria:

1. How fast the vehicles travel on the street

A speed study is conducted to determine if the 85th percentile speed is more than the thresholds listed below. The 85th percentile speed is the speed at which 85 per cent of vehicles are travelling at or below. This is an industry standard used by transportation professionals across Canada.

This means that 15 per cent of motorists on the street would have to be driving more than:

  • 5 km/hour over a posted speed limit of 40 km/hour
  • 6 km/hour over a posted speed limit of 50 km/hour
  • 7 km/hour over a posted speed limit of 60 km/hour

Staff will provide results of the speed study to the petition representative within two weeks of completion of the speed study. 

  • If the 85th percentile speed is below the threshold, the petition representative will be notified that the roadway does not meet the speed threshold criteria for traffic calming. The request for traffic calming does not proceed further. 
  • If the 85th percentile speed is above the threshold, the roadway qualifies for traffic calming and the petition representatives are notified about the next steps and timelines.


2. How many vehicles travel on the street?

  • For local streets, there needs to be more than 1,500 vehicles travelling on the street per day
  • For minor collector streets, there needs to be more than 5,000 vehicles per day

Streets with less than this do not qualify for traffic calming. These volume thresholds do not apply to arterial and major collector roads.

To check if a speed survey has already been conducted on your street, please review the Residential Speed Survey map.

At the design step, town staff will develop a traffic calming design feasible for the street and consult with area residents on the final design to seek feedback on whether they agree to proceed or not proceed to the construction step. Broader community residents are provided two weeks to offer a response. 

  • If less than 30 per cent of surveyed households respond, no further action is taken, and the request for traffic calming does not proceed further. It may be requested again in two years.
  • If more than 30 per cent of households surveyed respond, and more than 50 per cent of the respondents are in favour of proceeding to the construction step, the petition representative is notified about next steps and timelines.

Construction notices are sent to immediately affected residents prior to the start of traffic calming construction. 

Construction of traffic calming measures typically occurs between May and November. If the request reaches step four in December, construction will begin the following spring or summer. 

Status of active projects

Last updated May 24, 2024.

  • Oxford Avenue (Upper Middle Road to River Oaks Boulevard)

Upcoming speed studies

  • Rushbrooke Drive (Pilgrims Way to Parsons Lane)
  • Trevor Drive (Bridge Road to Waterford Street)
  • Sabel Street (Rebecca Street to Vickery Drive)
  • Wynford Place
  • Valleyridge Drive (Richview Boulevard to Portree Crescent)
  • Baronwood Drive (Sequoia Way to its Northerly Limits)
  • Harold Dent Trail (George Savage Avenue to Carding Mill Trail)

Speed studies collected in 2023. Streets below the traffic calming warrant thresholds.

  • Douglas Avenue (Spruce Avenue to Randall Street)
  • Marvin Avenue (Post Road to Bowbeer Road)
  • Threshing Mill Boulevard (Postridge Drive to Wheat Boom Drive)
  • Watson Avenue (Cornwall Road to Macdonald Road)
  • Ironside Drive (Carding Mill Trail to George Savage Avenue)
  • Churchill Avenue (North Service Road to Leighland Avenue)
  • Riverbank Way (Neyagawa Boulevard to its southerly limits)
  • Queens Avenue (Sewell Drive to its easterly limits)
  • Parkhill Road (Queens Avenue to Ryerson Road)
  • Presquile Drive (Craigleith Drive to Arrowhead Drive)
  • Falling Green Drive (Pine Glen Road to Pine Glen Road)
  • Lionstone Drive (Grand Oak Trail to Ashmore Drive)
  • Oakhaven Drive (Pine Glen Road to Westoak Trails Boulevard)
  • Bloomfield Drive (Upper Middle Road to Westoak Trails Boulevard)
  • Cedarglen Court (Bishops Gate to its southerly limits)

Upcoming traffic calming design followed by public consultations in 2024

  • Dunn Street (Trafalgar Road to Randall Street)
  • Devon Road (Maple Grove Drive to Brookmill Road)
  • Devon Road (Brookmill Road to Ford Drive)
  • Oxford Avenue (Upper Middle Road to McCraney Street)
  • Monks Passage (Nottinghill Gate to Monastery Drive)
  • Bridge Road (Bronte Road to Stanfield Drive) 
  • Eden Valley Drive (entire street)

Upcoming traffic calming design followed by public consultations in 2025

  • Towne Boulevard (River Glen Boulevard to McDowell Avenue)
  • Gable Drive (Sheridan Garden Drive and Wynten Way)
  • Southview Road (Pinegrove Road to Rebecca Street) 
  • Tennyson Drive (Bridge Road to Tansley Drive)
  • Grand Boulevard (Eighth Line to Upper Middle Road)
  • Queen Mary Drive (Shepherd Road to Bond Street)
  • River Side Drive (Queen Mary Drive to Oakwood Crescent)

Upcoming 2024 construction is pending 2024 public consultations.

Completed traffic calming projects

  • Ridge Road (Sixth Line to Kent Avenue) - concrete speed cushions in 2018
  • Allan Street (Macdonald Road to Palmer Avenue) - asphalt speed cushions in 2020
  • Pinery Crescent (Arrowhead Road to Rockingham Drive) - concrete speed cushions in 2021
  • Linbrook Road (David Avenue to Chamberlain Lane/Morrison Heights Drive) - concrete speed cushions in 2021
  • Woodside Drive (Rebecca Street to Sedgewick Crescent) - concrete speed cushions in 2021
  • Nautical Boulevard (Fritillary Street to Admiral Drive) - temporary rubber speed cushions in 2021
  • Walker Street (at Tannery Park) - temporary rubber speed cushions in 2021
  • Nautical Boulevard – concrete speed cushions in 2023