There is a growing concern in Park City to manage automobile use and reduce the impact of noise, safety, and improve livability and walkability. The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) provides residents an opportunity to jointly work with City professionals to evaluate the requirements, benefits, costs, and tradeoffs of using various traffic calming measures and techniques within their own neighborhood. The program outlines the many ways residents, businesses and the City can work together to help keep neighborhood streets safe.
To view a copy of the NTMP Policy, please click here
NTMP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
1. Who is on the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Committee?
The NTMP is made up of eleven city staff members from seven different departments and 2 members from the Park City Fire District. The members are as follows:
1. Corey Legge, Public Improvements Engineer/Inspector - Engineering
2. Deb Wilde, Public Improvements Inspector - Engineering
3. Mike Owens , Park City Fire District
4. Kirsten Whetstone, Senior Planner - Planning
5. Jay Randall - Police
6. Blake Fonnesbeck, Operations Manager - Public Works
7. Troy Dayley, Streets and Streetscapes Supervisor - Public Works
8. Heinrich Deters, Trails and Open Space Program Manager - Sustainability
9. Alfred Knotts, Director of Transportation Planning - Transportation Planning
10. Julia Reynolds, SeniorTransportation Planner - Transportation Planning
11. Logan Jones, Trails and Open Space Coordinator- Sustainability
12. John Wasden - Parking Supervisor, Parking
2. How do I make a request for traffic calming with the NTMP?
If you have a traffic calming concern or request, please fill out a Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
3. How Do I get a “Children At Play Sign” installed in my neighborhood?
City Policy Regarding Children At Play Signs: Slow-Children at Play sign is a non conforming sign identifying where children are playing.The City frequently receives requests for “Slow-Children at Play” signs. Federal Standards discourage the use of “Children at Play” signs. There is a wide spread false belief that traffic signs provide added protection. Studies have shown there is no long term reduction in speed. The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program does not support the installation of “Children at Play” signs, but we do recommend if residents are concerned, they should purchase a “Children at Play” sandwich board or sign for display in their yard.
4. How do I lower the speed limit on my street?
Citizens frequently request 10 mph speed limit signs on residential streets where children are playing. The unposted speed limit on a residential street is automatically 25 mph and can be enforced. The City cannot post 10 mph speed limits because the posting of such signs by a local government agency is considered a speed trap and therefore makes enforcement of such limits illegal. It is a common myth that posting slower speed limit signs forces drivers to slow down and will result in fewer traffic accidents. National research has shown that the prevailing traffic conditions and the type of street, not the posted speed limit, influence drivers. Traffic engineering studies help to determine the prevailing speed of most drivers using a certain street. Additionally, the studies take into account accident records and road conditions. An appropriate speed limit is then set based upon this data. Speed studies are conducted to help set the speed limits. If an unreasonably low speed limit is posted, many drivers tend to ignore and violate the signs. There are some drivers who, on the other hand, always try to stay within the posted speed limit. This can cause conflict between faster and slower drivers, resulting in more accidents.
5. How can I get speed humps for my street?
Although speed humps are gaining national attention as a means of traffic calming there are numerous cases across the country where speed humps have been installed and later removed, as the desired effect was not obtained. A speed hump for a public street is significantly different than what you see in a private parking lot. The small four inch wide and two inch high bump that grabs your attention in the parking lot is not allowed on a public street primarily for snow removal, but also for safety and liability reasons. While speed humps may slow down most drivers, a percentage of drivers will still travel at a high rate of speed in between the humps or occasionally do not slow down at all for the hump itself. For these reasons the City promotes other traffic calming measures.