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Traffic Calming to Reduce Traffic Speeds

Speed hump in a Surrey street, with cars parked near it.

Slowing traffic on local roads

We do traffic calming to reduce driving speeds on local Surrey roads. In Surrey, we slow drivers down with

  • engineering and traffic calming devices put in by us,
  • traffic law enforcement from the RCMP, and
  • driver education (eg Speed Watch) from us, ICBC and the RCMP.

Learn the criteria, steps and get the petition forms to make a traffic calming request for putting in a traffic calming device near you. Print out Surrey's Guide to Traffic Calming for complete information.

Types of roads in the traffic calming program

Traffic calmed neighbourhood sign

We only use traffic calming on local roads. We don’t use traffic calming on arterial and collector roads because these roads need to carry more traffic and run at higher speeds to keep traffic flowing through Surrey.

History also shows traffic calming on arterial or collector roads doesn't work because it

  • increases number of drivers using shortcuts on local roads to avoid the inconvenience and discomfort,
  • increases emergency services' response times along arterial and collector roads, and
  • increases wear on transit vehicles and makes a bus ride uncomfortable, possibly unsafe, for passengers.

But, we consider traffic calming on collector roads in front of elementary schools, due to the increased presence of young children.

Find out if you live on a local road, collector road or arterial road in Surrey's Road Classification Map.

Surrey's road network is organized in a hierarchy, according to their intended functions.

  • Drivers use highways and arterial roads to travel longer distances through Surrey. These roads have higher traffic flows.
  • Drivers use collector roads to get around town centres and connect neighbourhoods.
  • Drivers use local roads to get around neighbourhood communities and get access to local properties.

Traffic speed enforcement

The RCMP enforces traffic laws and speed limits in Surrey. They focus on areas with high numbers of traffic collisions. A fear of a traffic penalty can be a deterrent from speeding.

The City of Surrey makes sure speed limits are reasonable and consistently applied in Surrey. We're currently reviewing how speed limits are set throughout Surrey.

Driver education and speed watch

Pay attention to the RCMP's Speed Watch, check out ICBC's driving tips and drive more slowly on local roads. We do traffic calming projects each year, but also we're expanding road safety education through the Transportation Strategic Plan, to make sure you get the message and slow down.

RCMP and a volunteer at a speed watch stationCheck your driving speed against the Speed Watch board the next time you're driving by. Experience shows 70 percent of drivers travelling 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed-reader board. So, think about how fast you're driving the next time you see a board.

With Speed Watch, neighbourhood volunteers, RCMP and the City of Surrey are aiming to

  • make you aware of road safety,
  • get communities working against speed-related problems,
  • collect speed-related data, and to
  • help police determine speed problem locations.

Contact the Surrey RCMP for details on the Speed Watch program.

Contact the Transportation Planning Section of Surrey's Engineering Department by submitting a traffic calming Service Request, or phone us at 604-591-4580 or fax at 604-591-8693.