Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (NTCP)

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The City has adopted a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (NTCP) to address and resolve local neighborhood traffic concerns in a systematic and efficient manner.

This program addresses:

  • Limited sight distance due to overgrowth of vegetation and parked vehicles
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Right-of-way control at intersections
  • Cut-through traffic
  • Accidents
  • Vehicle volumes
  • Vehicular speeding

Commonly used measures:

  • Increased police enforcement
  • Speed radar trailers
  • Speed limit signs
  • Pavement messages
  • Striping narrow lanes
  • Higher visibility crosswalks
  • Warranted stop signs
  • Turn restriction signs
  • Intersection bulb-outs
  • Chokers
  • Electronic speed feedback signs

Not all traffic calming devices can be utilized to remedy a residential traffic concern. The nature of the problem and the existing conditions in the problem area should first be identified to determine the suitability of a traffic calming measure. The NTCP provides residents and City staff with the means to accomplish desired traffic calming objectives, allowing involved parties to determine the suitability of a traffic calming treatment for a given neighborhood, and requiring community input prior to implementation.

For more information, contact the Traffic Engineering Division at (408) 615-3000 or by email at

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