Residents from across the city contact us often with concerns about speeding and high vehicle volumes in residential neighbourhoods. To help address these concerns, we developed a traffic calming policy. The goals of the policy are to improve public safety for all road users, encourage streets to function as intended and encourage active transportation. Traffic calming measures can reduce vehicles speeds and volumes while also reducing conflicts between road users.
In July 2021, City Council approved a staff recommendation to reduce speed limits on local neighbourhood roads to 40km/h. Transportation Engineering staff are working towards implementing these changes and installing new speed limits signs as per the Ontario Traffic Manual. Staff anticipate that the sign installations will be completed by the end of September 2022. All speed limit changes can be seen on the online mapping tool.
Due to the impact of these reduced speed limit changes on neighbourhood roads, we have put a temporary pause on all traffic calming requests. Data collection for traffic calming requests will resume once your neighbourhood has had speed limit reductions implemented and drivers have had enough time to adjust to the new speed limit. Once the data collection program resumes in the future, staff will reopen requests for traffic calming.
Streets that meet for traffic calming
Current traffic calming projects
Traffic calming measures have been either completed or planned for the following streets. Details on how these scores are calculated can be found in the City of Guelph’s traffic calming policy. The timing of these traffic calming projects is dependent upon staff resources and budget.
For most projects’ temporary measures (such as rubber temporary speed cushions) will be installed first for approximately a year to ensure good placement of the measure. After that, permanent measures (such as asphalt or concrete speed cushions) will be installed.
|Downey Road||Niska Road to Teal Drive||Permanent measures scheduled for 2022||Council directed|
|Niska Road||Downey Road to the western City limits||Permanent measures scheduled for 2022||54|
|Starwood Drive||Eastview Road to Watson Parkway North||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022||52|
|Ptarmigan Drive||Within the school zone for Kortright Hills Public School||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022||50|
|Waverley Drive||Balmoral Drive to Riverview Drive||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022||48|
|Windsor Street||Balmoral Drive to Waverley Drive||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022||50|
|Riverview Drive||Speedvale Avenue East to Waverley Drive||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022 (prioritized as it connects with Waverley Drive and is expected to be impacted by the multi-year Speedvale Avenue project)||29|
|Scottsdale Drive||College Avenue West to Janefield Avenue||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022||58|
|Kortright Road East||Gordon Street to Sweeney Drive||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022||49|
|Rickson Avenue||Within the school zone for Rickson Ridge Public School||Temporary measures scheduled for 2022||50|
(List updated February 3, 2022)
For some streets, traffic data was collected in multiple locations. Some streets have different scores for the different locations where traffic data was collected (most often due to speed limit differences in school zones). We reported the highest score per street in the table.
Upcoming traffic calming projects
Streets that meet the criteria for traffic calming are reviewed in order of priority based on score, not necessarily in the order they are received. Streets are scored based on several factors including traffic volumes, traffic speeds, collisions, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and pedestrian generators such as transit stops, community centres, commercial plazas, schools, parks, hospitals and senior centres. Details on how these scores are calculated can be found in the City of Guelph’s traffic calming policy. The timing of these traffic calming reviews is dependent upon staff resources and budget.
|Priority rank||Street||Limits||Traffic data collected||Score|
|1||London Road West||Edinburgh Road North to Woolwich Street||October 2020||54|
|2||Westwood Road||Imperial Road North to Willow Road||October 2020||52|
|3||Colonial Drive||Arkell Road to Frederick Drive||September 2020||48|
|4||Cassino Avenue||Stevenson Street North to Hadati Road||September 2019||48|
|5||Waterloo Avenue||Silvercreek Parkway South to Edinburgh Road South||October 2020||46|
|6||Metcalfe Street||Eramosa Road to Palmer Street||September 2019||45|
|7||Woodland Glen Drive||Stone Road West to Downey Road||October 2020||38|
|8||Whitelaw Road||Shoemaker Crescent to Fife Road||October 2020||30|
|9||Metcalfe Street||Eramosa Road to Pleasant Road||November 2020||28|
|10||Powell Street West||Exhibition Street to Woolwich Street||October 2020||28|
|11||Grange Street||Stevenson Street North to Victoria Road North||October 2020||25|
|12||Hands Drive||Gordon Street to Dimson Avenue||December 2020||21|
(List updated February 3, 2022)
For some streets, traffic data was collected in multiple locations. Some streets have different scores for the locations traffic data was collected (most often due to speed limit differences in school zones). We reported the highest score per street in the table.
Limits are subject to change once a detailed review is completed.
For more information
519-822-1260 extension 3414