Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program
The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is intended to provide realistic and flexible solutions to speeding and cut-through traffic, and to enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety using tactics and strategies that have broad neighborhood support.
How it works
Step 1—Determine whether your street qualifies. To qualify, a street must be classified as “residential” or “collector” in the City’s General Plan with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or lower. You can check the classification and posted speed limit of your street on the City’s Street Attributes Map.
Step 2—Complete and submit application for City data collection and traffic-condition evaluation. An application form with instructions for how to complete and submit the form is available here on the City of Hayward website or by calling the Engineering and Transportation Division of the Department of Public Works at (510) 583-4735.
Step 3—Approval or denial of application for acceptance into program. Upon receipt of a completed application, the City will collect data and evaluate traffic conditions, including a speed survey, traffic volume counts, and reviews of historical collision data, area land-uses and geometric conditions. At the conclusion of the evaluation, a decision will be made whether to accept the street into the program. Please allow four to six weeks after submission of an application for a decision on acceptance.
Step 4—Design and engineering of potential solutions. Upon acceptance of a street into the NTCP, Hayward staff will develop potential design solutions. In most cases, the traffic-calming measure or measures will be drawn from a traffic-calming toolbox. The design will either be classified as a Tier I, II, or III solution. Tiers are defined by the improvement cost with Tier I as the lowest cost and Tier III as the highest cost.
Step 5—Gather additional petition signatures from neighbors. Because Tier II and III solutions have higher costs and typically involve some of type of physical improvement, a special project petition with signatures of at least 60 percent of the households on the block specifically agreeing to the proposed changes must be submitted. The petition form with instructions will be provided to the applicant by the City Engineering and Transportation Division. This step helps ensure community-at-large support for the project.
Step 6—Placement on project priority list. Tier I solutions, not requiring a petition and relatively low cost, will be put immediately into the City maintenance crew’s schedule. Tier II and III projects will be placed into a project priority list.
Step 7—Project implementation. As funding becomes available, projects will be implemented starting with the top-ranked project. A timeline for implementation of individual projects will not be provided as the ability to carry out work is dependent on funding availability, weather and overall demand on City construction crews. Applicants for approved Tier II and III projects will be notified when project funding has been identified.
Requesting a Re-Evaluation
If you feel the implemented solution did not fully address your concern, a request for re-evaluation can be made by email to NTCP@hayward-ca.gov with a subject line “Request for Re-Evaluation.”
Requests for re-evaluation must be made at least one year after the project installation. The requesting party may be asked to fill out a new application.
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