Traffic Calming

Reducing both speed and volume of vehicles makes for safer, more livable streets and neighbourhoods. The City of Victoria has programs and tools to help with traffic-calming in the city.

Understanding the Road Network

Roads in Victoria are categorized in three categories, depending on the number of vehicles on them per day:

  • arterials: wide, busy roads that move between 5,000 and 20,000 cars each day
  • collectors: main roads move between 1,000 and 8,500 cars each day
  • local (neighbourhood): streets that move fewer than 1,000 cars each day

Traffic Calming Program and Implementation

The City’s traffic calming program is currently focused on: 

  • school zones
  • park zones
  • local roads with histories of collisions
  • local roads with over 1,000 vehicles each day
  • greenways

Future focus will be on collector roads. 

Traffic-calming is implemented using the following steps:

  • identifying the need
  • looking at the current conditions of speed and volume
  • determining the traffic calming goals and root causes
  • deciding on the appropriate tools and techniques to meet the goals
Person crossing the street in a crosswalk with extended curbs to narrow roadway
Curb Extension
Street showing 30 km/h sign and concrete built out into street with plants
Roadway Chicane
Two people walking across the street in crosswalk with pedestrian medians
Pedestrian Median
Pandora and Chambers intersection showing a person crossing the street in front of a car with no through traffic allowed in one direction
Traffic Diverter
Montreal Speed Hump
Speed Hump
Pole on a street with digital sign showing 47 kilometres per hour
Speed Reader Board
Cyclist rides through bike only pathway next to small plaza on Vancouver Street
Full Closure

Traffic Calming Tools

Considerations when selecting tools include:

  • effects on surrounding streets and traffic patterns
  • impacts to emergency response services
  • alignment with City policies and strategies
  • implementation and maintenance costs
  • equity across the city

Traffic Calming Requests

Residents can submit traffic calming requests or concerns by emailing The City receives a large number of traffic calming requests each year, and each one is reviewed, tracked and prioritized by staff. If you have not heard back about your request, you can follow up by emailing again or calling 250.361.0300.

The following steps describe how staff evaluate traffic calming requests for local streets.

Montreal Speed Hump