READING - Traffic Calming and Emergency Vehicles

image of a BC ambulanceOne of the drawbacks of traffic calming measures can be the effect that they have on the response time of emergency vehicles, particularly fire apparatus because of their size. This does not have to be the case as well-conceived traffic calming techniques and traditional neighbourhood street design can accommodate the needs of emergency responders while creating safe and livable neighbourhoods.

Emergency Response: Traffic Calming and Traditional Neighborhood Streets is a 50 page document that provides emergency response personnel with a working knowledge of traffic calming and traditional neighborhood street design so that they can play a partnership role in discussion and implementation of these measures. It is also designed to give elected officials, city managers, planners, traffic engineers and residents greater understanding of some of the challenges that emergency responders face.

Three areas are covered:

  1. Facts and Myths
  2. Traffic Calming
  3. Traditional Neighborhood Streets

The document also lists reference materials and additional resources for those who are interested in learning more.