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Traffic Calming

When appropriate, the City considers traffic calming measures for public streets. For streets with speeding issues, enforcement by the RCMP is one strategy to address inappropriate driving behaviour. For local streets, physical measures such as speed humps, curb bulges and traffic circles may be considered.

Speed Humps (Street)

The placement of speed humps is limited only to local residential streets that do not have transit service or steep slope (8%) and must also not significantly affect emergency vehicle movement. Humps are spaced at approximately 100 metre intervals and are designed to limit vehicle speeds to 50 km/h or less between humps.  

Speed humps are administered under the Local Area Service Program (LASP), and their installation is fully funded by residents along both sides of the block. The current cost to residents is $2.52 per taxable metre of property per year for 5 years. This rate may increase in the future.

Installation Process

Transportation Services Division receives requests for speed humps. The applicant must be a registered property owner on the block where the speed humps are requested. 

We consult emergency services prior to installing speed humps, but it should be noted that these devices will have some impact on emergency vehicle response times to the area. Each project is therefore reviewed by an Engineer and endorsed by the Public Safety Committee to ensure that the measure would not unduly impact others in the area. 

If approved, owners whose property directly abuts the street where the work is to be done are sent a petition form containing project details and costs. The property owners in support of the project are responsible for signing and submitting their petition form to the City Clerk’s Office within 30 days. If at least 50% of the abutting owners, representing at least 50% of the total assessed value of the affected properties sign in favour of the work, the petition is submitted to Council for final approval.

If you would like to have speed humps installed on your street, please contact traffic@burnaby.ca or call 604-294-7440.

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Traffic Circles, Curb Bulges and Medians

There are additional traffic calming devices such as traffic circles, curb bulges or centre medians. Currently we do not have a formal process for residents to initiate a petition or contribute towards the installation of such devices. Such measures are installed through a road safety engineering review or as part of a larger capital project such as a cycling route improvement. The installation of such measures is typically prioritized near schools or other high conflict areas.

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