In 1999, the City of Charleston's Department of Traffic and Transportation developed the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program to improve the overall safety and quality of life for residents, and in some cases restore the residential character of neighborhoods.
The purpose of the program is to:
Improve neighborhood livability by reducing the negative impact of vehicular traffic on residential streets
Promote safe and pleasant conditions for non-motorized street users (i.e, pedestrians, children, bicyclists) while maintaining the safe movement of local residential vehicular traffic
Encourage citizen involvement in all phases of neighborhood traffic management activities
Prioritize traffic-calming projects through the efficient use of city resources
There are many types of traffic calming measures and devices that can be implemented, including speed humps, traffic circles, raised crosswalks, roundabouts, speed-monitoring devices, and medians or traffic islands. The Department of Traffic and Transportation determines the best traffic calming solution after careful review of street conditions and safety considerations.