The City of Albany Traffic Calming Policy contains the process for requesting elements that encourage slower vehicular traffic speeds on a particular street block or street segments. The Traffic and Safety Commission developed the first City Traffic Calming Policy in 2007, which was adopted by Council later that year. In December 2014, the Traffic and Safety Commission updated the Traffic Calming Policy, which was formally adopted by City Council at its January 20, 2015 meeting by Resolution 15-2. Residential streets must comply with this policy in order to be eligible for the implementation of traffic calming measures, such as speed humps, mini circles, chicanes, etc.
The most common form of traffic calming implemented in the City has been speed humps because they are relatively more cost effective and easier to implement. The Albany Active Transportation Plan (ATP) recommends different approaches to help calm traffic in neighborhood streets that range from striping to more capital-intensive projects, such as the installation of mini circles and bulb outs. For instance, bike boulevards where "sharrows" are striped on the pavement calm traffic by increasing the level of motorist awareness about the presence of cyclists on the street. Likewise, raised crosswalks highlight pedestrian traffic in a particular area. Mini circles provide traffic calming effects and at the same time may beautify an intersection. Currently, staff is developing a summary of traffic calming measures and implementation guidelines that will be posted here in the near future.