Traffic Calming

The City takes speeding and pedestrian safety concerns seriously and addresses them through a combination of enforcement, education and infrastructure solutions. This includes investments in infrastructure through the City’s sidewalk, pedestrian safety and traffic calming programs.

Port Coquitlam also promotes pedestrian safety and driver awareness through initiatives and partnerships with others such as TransLink, ICBC Road Improvement Program, Tri-Cities Speed Watch, RCMP, Community Police, HUB Cycling and SD43.

“Traffic calming” describes physical changes made to a roadway to reduce vehicle speeds, discourage shortcutting, minimize conflicts between street users, and improve the neighbourhood environment.

Any residential street designated as “local” or “minor collector” may be considered for traffic calming. Examples of typical traffic calming measures in Port Coquitlam include:


Raised medians

Curb extensions and crosswalks

Raised crosswalks

Speed humps


Photo credit: Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers and Transportation Association of Canada.

Other measures could include elements added to narrow a road, such as sidewalks, parking pockets, and paint markings.

Traffic calming measures used in Port Coquitlam conform with the Canadian Guide to Neighbourhood Traffic Calming published by the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE) and Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).

For more information on traffic calming, read the TAC/CITE Primer on Traffic Calming.

Project Planning

The City uses a Traffic Calming Policy and Procedure to make traffic calming easier to implement and prioritize the large volume of traffic calming requests received from residents concerned about speeding and pedestrian safety on their street. The policy includes criteria to determine which streets are suitable for traffic calming and public consultation. The process also ensures that traffic calming is implemented appropriately, and resources are only spent on proposals that have technical merit and are supported by the community.

To determine if a road is eligible for traffic calming, the City considers a range of elements, including legislation and regulations, liability, accessibility, enforcement, emergency services, maintenance and operations, modes of transportation, and compatibility with land use and transportation plans.

Proposals that do not meet eligibility criteria will not be considered for traffic calming, but may be considered for other mitigating measures and/or police enforcement initiatives.

View current and past traffic calming projects.

Ranking and Funding

Eligible projects are ranked to ensure that streets in greater need are prioritized for limited funding. Ranking is based on technical merit and other factors such as severity of speeding, safety risks, pedestrian and traffic volumes, compatibility with City transportation goals, community support and available funding.

Based on this assessment, projects are funded as follows:

Funding Application
Dedicated annual capital funding Highest priority projects that meet eligibility and warrant criteria.
Local Improvement Petition – 75% paid by benefitting properties Projects that meet eligibility and technical criteria but have not been budgeted.
Local Improvement Petition – 90% paid by benefitting properties Projects that do not meet technical criteria.

Ranking may change over time as situations evolve.

How to Apply

Please start by reading the City’s Traffic Calming Policy and Procedure.

Please fill out the form below to initiate a request for traffic calming.

Traffic Calming Application
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Postal Code

Processing time is typically 2-4 weeks but varies depending on the number of proposals received. Proposals are reviewed in the order they are received.


Engineering & Public Works 
Tel 604.927.5420

Location and Mailing Address

City Hall Annex, (beside City Hall) 
200 – 2564 Shaughnessy Street 
Port Coquitlam, BC  
V3C 2A8

8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)