Traffic Calming Study on Clayton
In February, several inquires have been made pertaining to possible speeding along Clayton Street.Staff administered a study at the intersection of Clayton Street and 5th Avenue. Staff has installed in-street cross walk signage along 5th Avenue. There have been several calls made to the City in reference to speeding along Hilltop, Overlook, and other local City streets. The speeding and neighborhood vehicle complaints are handled by the City's Public Safety Department. When notified, staff determines the status of the roadway jurisdiction (state, county, city, or private). Once roadway jurisdiction is determined, the City of Mount Dora can coordinate with the appropriate agency to complete a study and provide design recommendations.
Traffic calming is defined as the installation of measures designed to reduce traffic speeds and/or cut-through volumes in the interest of safety and livability. Some examples of traffic calming devices used in other communities to enhance safety for pedestrians and motorists include:
- In-Street Crosswalk Signage
- Raised Crosswalks
- Raised Intersections
- In-Street "rumble" painted lines
- Narrowing of a street (often mid-block and sometimes near an intersection)
- Speed Humps (not a preferred measure by the City)
- Speed Tables (not a preferred measure by the City)
Staff is recommending a two-tier approach: 1) Prepare a Comprehensive Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan to address long-term goals; and 2) Prepare a Citywide Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (enhancing the current polices).
The purpose of a Comprehensive Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan for the City is to develop a 10-year blueprint for improving the city’s transportation system and addressing key mobility needs to provide better travel options for the residents, visitors and employees of the city. The plan recommendations will seek to improve the performance of each modal element (vehicle, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and freight) through improvements to the infrastructure and services, more seamless interconnection, enhanced management of travel and transportation resources and new and revised policies and procedures. Collectively, these initiatives are targeted to address various issues and needs such as neighborhood traffic management, arterial traffic movement, availability of alternative travel modes, and the interface between transportation and land use. The plan will develop an implementation strategy within funding resources to focus on both existing and future transportation system needs. Citizens will be informed, as well as transportation interest groups. A campaign will be launched, extending the opportunity to the public to provide input.
Once long-term goals and policies are updated and established, the city will develop a written neighborhood traffic calming program with defined guidelines and eligibility criteria. Such criteria may include, but not be limited to, processing procedures for requests, data collection, city council project initiation, citizen participation with community working groups.