Park City's Neighborhoods First Streets Program
Traffic in neighborhoods impacts the quality of life for residents, bicycles, pedestrians, as well as drivers. Throughout Park City, residents are asking the City to reduce speeding traffic in their neighborhoods. For this reason, Neighborhoods First Streets Program (NFSP) was created. Through education, engineering, and enforcement the goal of calmer, safer streets is achievable.
Neighborhoods First Program Goals
- Enhance neighborhood livability and safety by reducing speeding traffic.
- Involve residents and businesses in addressing traffic issues.
- Use clear evidence and documented processes to evaluate and implement traffic calming solutions and measure impacts (i.e., impacts to traffic diversion).
- Incorporate public safety and emergency response interests.
- Improve compliance with posted speed limits, stop signs, and other traffic control devices.
- Educate residents and businesses about available traffic safety measures.
- Balance the transportation needs of the various land uses in and around neighborhoods; and
- Ensure consistency with previously approved Council policy: Complete Streets and People-First Streets.
Let’s work together to put Neighborhoods First!
- Submit a request through the Neighborhoods First portal here.
- Search the status of a submitted request here.
Speed Limit Reduction Program
The City Council had a robust discussion during their 9/15 meeting regarding approaches to lowering speed limits within Park City. This would not impact State Routes 224 and 248. There was strong support for a consistent, lower speed limit across town with ideas between 15 mph and 25 mph proposed.
There was also an option presented of considering certain roads for a higher speed limit on a case-by-case basis and a question of what features on those roads would support (i.e.; commercial districts, no crosswalks, width, on-street parking, driveways, etc.)
As a result of the analysis and Council direction, the Engineering Team recommended a three-tiered speed limit classification system based upon the goal of improving safety and the quality of life for residents on the streets where they live. The City Engineer presented these recommended changes to the City Council at the 10/6 Council meeting, which were approved by City Council. Please find the staff report here. View a map of approved speed limit reductions here. View the complete street-by-street list of speed limit recommendations here.
The following speed-limit reduction recommendations were based on a review of the existing roadway network, resident feedback, and several professional transportation studies:
- Lower the posted speed limit on most roadways within Park City’s Historic District (HD), except Swede Alley and a section of Park Avenue, from 20 MPH down to 15 MPH;
- Lower the posted speed limit on roadways defined as ‘Minor Collectors’ from 25 to 20 MPH; and
- Maintain the current posted 25 MPH speed limit on roads defined as ‘Major Collectors’
Concerns related to the new speed limits can be submitted to the Neighborhood’s First Streets program. Speed and roadway geometric data will be collected, analyzed, and recommendations related to traffic calming will be evaluated.
- Neighborhoods First Streets Program Chair - Becky Gutknecht (Non-Voting)
- Park City Engineering Department - John Robertson
- Park City Fire District - Mike Owens
- Park City Police Department - Lieutenant Rob McKinney
- Park City Public Works Department - Troy Dayley
- Park City Transportation Department - Hannah Pack
- Park City Resident Advocate - Michelle Downard
- Park City Resident - Carolyn Murray
- Summit County Government Representative - Brandon Brady
How do I make a request for traffic calming with Neighborhoods First/the NTMP?
If you have a traffic calming concern or request, please go to the Neighborhoods First Portal. For questions email firstname.lastname@example.org. To search status of submitted requests go here. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Why can't I get a “Children at Play Sign” installed in my neighborhood?
A “Children at Play” sign is a non-conforming sign identifying where children are playing. Federal Standards discourage the use of “Children at Play” signs. There is a widespread false belief that these traffic signs provide added protection, however studies have shown there is no long-term reduction in speed. For this reason, Safe Streets does not support the installation of “Children at Play” signs, but we do recommend if residents are concerned, they should purchase a “Children at Play” sandwich board or sign for display in their yard.
Can I lower the speed limit on my street?
Citizens frequently request 10 mph speed limit signs on residential streets where children are playing. The unposted speed limit on a residential street is automatically 25 mph and can be enforced. The City cannot post 10 mph speed limits because the posting of such signs by a local government agency is considered a speed trap and therefore makes enforcement of such limits illegal.
Can I get speed humps for my street?
Although speed humps are gaining national attention as a means of traffic calming there are numerous cases across the country where speed humps have been installed and later removed, as the desired effect was not obtained. A speed hump for a public street is significantly different than what you see in a private parking lot. The small four inch wide and two-inch high bump that grabs your attention in the parking lot is not allowed on a public street primarily for snow removal, but also for safety and liability reasons. While speed humps may slow down most drivers, a percentage of drivers will still travel at a high rate of speed in between the humps or occasionally do not slow down at all for the hump itself. For these reasons, the City promotes other traffic calming measures rather than humps.