SOURCE: Traffic Logix

February 21, 2007 14:53 ET

Calming Traffic One Neighborhood at a Time

How One Community Empowered Its Citizens to Make Their Streets Safer

LAFAYETTE, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2007 -- In 2000, like many other cities, the Consolidated Government of Lafayette (LCG) faced numerous complaints from residents about speeding vehicles on local streets. Since the Consolidated Government encompasses a large area with a population of nearly 200,000, including the city of Lafayette and surrounding rural areas, they wanted to create a solution to this problem that would engage residents of the community.

By 2001, a plan was created that empowered the residents of Lafayette. A resolution was passed that outlined guidelines for residents to follow in order to obtain traffic calming on their streets. When a resident calls the municipality to complain about speeding or cut non-local traffic, LCG sends them a packet about basic traffic calming principles and an explanation of the adopted process. Guidelines regarding neighborhood acceptance, vehicle speed, and volume of cars are identified to determine if the area qualifies.

The first step in the process is to get 5-10 signatures of concerned people in the neighborhood to form a steering committee. Officials then meet with these residents to determine the area that will be affected and to identify specific concerns. At least 50% of people living in the affected area must agree to a traffic study. Criteria must then be met regarding the volume and speed of vehicles on the street. A neighborhood meeting is called and a plan is developed for what type of devices will be used and where they will be installed.

A formal petition is then sent out to all of the neighborhood residents, 66% of whom must agree to the devices and their locations. Once this is completed, a resolution is sent to the city parish council for informational purposes.

While the system can appear to be bureaucratic, it is thorough and applied fairly throughout the jurisdiction. It has allowed the government to create a model traffic calming program that empowers its residents. Since the start of the program, the Lafayette Traffic and Transportation Department has installed 130 devices in the area including 116 speed lumps (speed cushions) and 14 mini roundabouts.

When Traffic Logix introduced their innovative product line approximately two years ago, Lafayette began to use these devices almost exclusively for all of their traffic calming projects. Other products the city had used did not stay firmly together and at times shifted location. The patented interlocking design of the Traffic Logix products keeps the units in place and securely attached to each other. According to the Traffic Calming Coordinator for LCG, the Traffic Logix devices are also easier for cars to drive over and less stressful to vehicles.

Part of keeping the residents happy with the traffic calming program is not just getting them devices where they're needed but also making sure the devices are well made and effective. Choosing Traffic Logix allows Lafayette to do just that.

The LCG staff indicates, "Traffic Logix speed lumps have met or exceeded our expectations. These products should be strongly considered when municipalities are looking to effectively slow cars down."

The program benefits Lafayette residents, the Consolidated Government, and elected officials. Residents get to have a say regarding where and what traffic calming devices are installed. LCG does not need to decide on its own where to calm traffic but can instead rely on its residents. And the elected officials have somewhere to direct concerned citizens.

Today, Lafayette Consolidated Government continues to work with its residents to reduce speeds and traffic volume in residential neighborhoods, illustrating to cities everywhere what can be accomplished when a government empowers its residents.

To find out more about the Lafayette Traffic Calming Program, visit

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