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Speed Reduction Programs

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Reducing Speed in Your Community

Traffic calmed neighbourhood signIn Surrey, we slow drivers down with:  

  • engineering and traffic calming devices on local roads put in by us,
  • traffic law enforcement from the RCMP,
  • driver education (eg Speed Watch) from us, ICBC and the RCMP, and
  • speed reader boards (a pilot program)

Did you know? We only use traffic calming devices, such as speed humps, on local roads. Arterial and collector roads need to carry more traffic and run at higher speeds to keep traffic flowing.

Traffic Calming Measures

The following outlines the most common ways Surrey addresses issues of speeding on our roads.

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  • Traffic Calming Devices on Local Roads

    Your neighbourhood can request traffic calming devices to reduce traffic speeds on your local road.

    These traffic devices decrease the number of drivers driving faster than the speed limit. But, traffic calming devices may also cause drivers to use nearby residential streets, to avoid them. They also slow down emergency vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances.

    Speed humps

    Speed humps are the most common traffic calming device.

    Speed humps look like speed bumps. But, speed humps are wider than speed bumps, and you don't need to slow down so much to drive over them. Also, speed humps slow drivers down on local roads, while speed bumps slow down drivers in parking lots. 

    Cost: $3,000 to $4,000 each.

    Advantages:  Speed humps don't affect on-street parking, and cyclists can also safely ride over them.

    Disadvantages: Speed humps can delay emergency services up to 10 seconds. Speed humps may also increase traffic noise, vibration, and air pollution. They also may cause discomfort, if you need to drive over them every day.   

    How to request traffic calming in your neighbourhood

    Learn how to request traffic calming in your neighbourhood if traffic's too fast on your local road. We'll do surveys and watch traffic in your area and decide if your neighbourhood needs traffic calming. Then, we'll choose where to put the traffic calming devices to help slow traffic the most.

    While deciding where to put the devices, we look at locations of

    • bus stops,
    • intersections,
    • driveways,
    • manholes and catch basins,
    • streetlights,
    • grade of road,
    • road alignment,
    • length of road, and road shoulder or curb.

    Contact our Transportation Management Section at or by phone at 604-591-4338 if you have any questions on traffic calming devices.

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  • Traffic law enforcement from the RCMP

    The RCMP enforces traffic laws and speed limits in Surrey. They focus on areas with high numbers of traffic collisions. A fear of a traffic penalty can be a deterrent from speeding.

    The City of Surrey makes sure speed limits are reasonable and consistently applied in Surrey. We're currently reviewing how speed limits are set throughout Surrey.

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  • Driver education and Speed Watch

    Pay attention to the RCMP's Speed Watch, check out ICBC's driving tips and drive more slowly on local roads. We do traffic calming projects each year, but also we're expanding road safety education through the Transportation Strategic Plan, to make sure you get the message and slow down.

    Check your driving speed against the Speed Watch board the next time you're driving by. Experience shows 70 percent of drivers travelling 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed-reader board. So, think about how fast you're driving the next time you see a board.

    With Speed Watch, neighbourhood volunteers, RCMP and the City of Surrey are aiming to

    • make you aware of road safety,
    • get communities working against speed-related problems,
    • collect speed-related data, and to
    • help police determine speed problem locations.

    Contact the Surrey RCMP for details on the Speed Watch program.

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  • Speed reader boards (Pilot program)

    Speed Reader Boards help raise awareness and reduce vehicle speeds.

    How the boards work

    Speed reader boards use radar to measure vehicle speeds and provide feedback to drivers of the speed they are travelling relative to posted speed limit. This treatment is currently being used in many municipalities across the Lower Mainland.

    Why we're installing them

    Studies suggest these signs are highly effective at reducing vehicle speeds immediately after installation, however motorists get used to them over time. As a result, as part of our pilot program, we are installing speed reader boards for a period of 4 to 6 months, and then they will be moved to a new location. 

    Where the boards are located

    • Barnston Dr near 177A St
    • 60 Ave near 146 St
    • 100 Ave near 127 St
    • 168 St near 61 Ave
    • 115 Ave near 136 St

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