A PDF of the DRAFT Traffic Calming Policy is Available at the Bottom of the Page
The Belmont Transportation Advisory Committee, which was established in January 2019, is developing a Traffic Calming Policy to provide a clear process for addressing concerns about the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, and motorists in Belmont and for mitigating the problems caused by the increasing volume of cut-through traffic on our streets.
Traffic calming involves building or retrofitting roadways with certain features and characteristics that induce drivers to slow down and pay more attention to their surroundings. Some examples of traffic calming instruments include the narrowing of travel lanes, speed tables, raised crosswalks, and parking chicanes. The installation of bike lanes, when they narrow the width of a road, contribute to traffic calming. While traffic calming began in Europe, it has now been adopted by many municipalities across Massachusetts and throughout the United States as a means of improving the safety of all those who are in proximity to motor vehicle traffic and those travelling in motor vehicles. In addition to traffic calming measures, regulatory changes--including access limitations to Town roadways--can reduce cut-through traffic.
In an effort to make sure that the Belmont Traffic Calming Policy best represents theTown’s interests, the Committee is inviting public comment on the draft policy, which can be found at a link on the Belmont Town website. The Transportation Advisory Committee will present the draft policy at a public meeting at 7pm on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Beech Street Center and those in attendance will be invited to comment on the policy. In addition, written comments may be submitted via email to the Town Engineer (address messages to: firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4pm on November 7, 2019."