Traffic Management

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The Division of Traffic Management provides safe mobility options that connect residents and visitors to opportunities in a growing city and improve quality of life. The Division applies a holistic, uniform and consistent approach to managing the city's complex congestion and safety concerns, while respecting the unique nature of city neighborhoods.



The City of Columbus often receives requests for speed humps on neighborhood streets to combat speeding. For most of us, we’ve even caught ourselves speeding in our neighborhood from time to time. Learn about the different ways you can help combat neighborhood speeding.

Speeding in residential areas is a problem many neighborhoods experience not just in the City of Columbus but across the nation.  Please see the resources below to learn about how to combat speeding in your neighborhood.

 I:  Slow Streets Columbus Program

Learn more here about the slow streets initiative here

II.  Enforcement

Of the different tools in the fight against speeding in residential areas, increased enforcement can play a major role in helping to remind neighborhood drivers to slow down and observe the posted speed limit.  More often than not, it’s our neighbors - and even ourselves - who are the root cause of neighborhood speeding.

To request additional enforcement, contact the 311 service center at (614) 645-3111 or  If making the service request online, select the “speeding in residential area” option.

Note:  As of January 1, 2019 the Department of Public service will no longer be deploying Speed Trailers as they have been found to be ineffective in working to proactively reduce speeding.

III.  Traffic Calming

Residents request traffic calming in many ways – speeding complaints, asking for speed trailers, or requesting physical measures to be installed. It’s understandable why speeding concerns cause frustration or fear – speeding vehicles affect our feeling of safety, and are a major concern for pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers. Often, residents are intent on only one or two solutions – speed humps or stop signs. Although speed humps and other physical traffic calming options may help slow drivers, they aren’t always an appropriate solution. Speed humps and stop signs can bring some unanticipated consequences; drivers may speed between signs or humps to make up for perceived lost time, emergency vehicle response times may increase, and snow removal may take longer. 

The City does install traffic calming in certain circumstances. Locations are selected by reviewing the following criteria:

  • Traffic volumes
  • Posted speed and measured travel speed
  • Roadway character and residential density
  • Connectivity and length of street
  • Crash history
  • Roadway geometry
  • Pedestrian generators and accommodations (e.g. presence of sidewalks)

Traffic calming is not appropriate for all areas – areas with very high or extremely low traffic volumes and lower average speeds, for example, would be candidates for increased police patrol/enforcement. Streets with high vehicle volumes, bus routes, or heavily used emergency vehicle routes, should be considered carefully for vertical traffic calming (e.g. speed humps or speed tables). 

Even if a location is confirmed to have a speeding issue, several steps may be taken before determining whether a traffic calming installation is appropriate. Traffic calming funding is competitive and based on measured criteria. 

What you can do:

  • Neighborhood participation in the Pace Car Program
  • Park on the street: on-street parking, where legal, can reduce vehicular speeds in residential settings
  • Plant street trees: trees, when placed appropriately, can be a visual cue to slow down
  • Request enforcement: file a “speed enforcement in a residential area” request via 311
  • Request for a location to be evaluated for traffic calming options: city staff will collect speed, volume, crash data, and evaluate other criteria to determine whether traffic calming is appropriate

When considering traffic calming requests, City Staff may also assess the potential for alternative speed control and neighborhood safety measures, such as:

  • Neighborhood engagement and driver education
  • Safe Routes to School (SRTS) evaluation or walk audit
  • Mailers/brochures
  • Enhanced enforcement, coordinated by the Department of Public Service and Columbus Division of Police
  • Signage and pavement striping
  • Assessment of one-way to two-way conversion potential
  • Addition of on-street parking, where feasible
  • Evaluation of sidewalk gaps

Tips for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Mobility is important to everyone, whether it’s from the car to your house, to a specific destination or for recreation and exercise. Walking or using a mobility device is integral to how we live, work, and play. When motorists speed, pedestrians and neighborhood quality of life are negatively affected. Slower speeds promote safety and:

  • Allow drivers to react to unpredictable circumstances such as young children darting into the street
  • Lead to a greater sense of safety, trust and support among neighbors
  • Increase the likelihood that residents will feel safe using neighborhood sidewalks

Tips for Drivers 

  • Always stop for pedestrians. They are permitted to cross at intersections even when there are no pavement markings, unless posted signs prohibit it.
  • Stay focused and slow down, especially in school zones and neighborhoods with children present.
  • Never exceed the speed limit when passing vehicles. Never pass vehicles that are turning or stopped at intersections.
  • Prevent feeling rushed by allowing enough travel time.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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What is the bikeways and micromobility plan?

A chance to improve the bike and micromobility opportunities in the City of Columbus, creating a safe and connected network for all users. Through public engagement and technical work, the plan will develop visionary and implementable action items. This will be an update to the 2008 Bicentennial Bikeways Plan and advance the goals of Vision Zero ColumbusColumbus Climate Action Plan, and LinkUS.

What is micromobility?

Micromobility refers to several different types of small, lightweight vehicles operating at low speeds and typically moving only one individual. This can but is not limited to, bicycles, scooters, e-bikes, skateboards, and more.

Why should I participate?

This is a special opportunity to have your input make a direct impact. Now is a great time to think about mobility and bike options in our region. Anyone who knows or cares about mobility options and bikeability in central Ohio is invited to share their ideas. There will be several opportunities to give input and provide feedback throughout the process. 

What is the timeline for this plan process?

From its start, the plan process will last approximately 18 months. The public engagement process will kick off in summer of 2023 with several opportunities to share your input. 

How will my input be used?

Whether you mark a place on a map or share a completely new idea, all input will be collected and considered as plan recommendations are developed. Ultimately, this is your plan and needs to reflect the community’s vision.

Who is involved?

The City of Columbus is committed to improving bike and micromobility options in the city. Widespread public involvement is vital to this plan’s success. Stakeholders and regional partners will also share insight and provide guidance.

How do I get involved?

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Columbus has made it a priority to increase the walkability of its neighborhoods. Mayor Andrew Ginther envisions a city with an enjoyable, safe walking environment in every neighborhood.


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