Quality of life in residential areas is of interest to most citizens. Columbia ’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is designed to help citizens work with public works engineers and technicians to identify and address traffic concerns which may be present in neighborhoods. We work with individuals and neighborhood groups to identify concerns and work creatively to find ways the city can help address them.
Public Works can assist with:
Police can assist with:
Pedestrian safety is of prime importance when a community is encouraging walking as a means of recreation and transportation. Nowhere is the potential greater for conflict than when pedestrians cross streets.
Safe pedestrian crossings are dependent on many variables. Motorists must know and obey the vehicle laws which require them to yield to pedestrians at marked and unmarked crossing locations. Education of pedestrians regarding safety near traffic and at crossings is also important. Pedestrians must use crosswalks when they are provided.
To facilitate installation of marked and signed pedestrian crossings the City Council adopted Policy Resolution 134-00A which established a policy and standard for pedestrian crossing. Link to PDF of Pedestrian Crossing Policy.
"Children at Play” signs are occasionally requested by citizens. The pros and cons of
posting these signs has received much discussion. Columbia uses the Manual on
Uniform Traffic Control Devices to evaluate installation of signs. The following points
are useful in considering the intended purpose of the “Children at Play” sign.
For the above reasons, Columbia does not install "Children at Play" signs.
The “Deaf Child” special needs sign can provide additional information to the motorist.
The sign does not identify which child or where the child is, and the sign is there even
when the child may not be. Although we recognize the potential drawbacks to using a
Deaf Child sign, the sign does provide useful information about the possibility of an
unexpected condition, therefore requests for Deaf Child signs are processed with three