U.S. Traffic Calming Manual

Slow It Down!

U.S. Traffic Calming ManualAPA's Planners Press has published the U.S. Traffic Calming Manual — the most comprehensive traffic calming manual available for American streets. Learn more about the manual, the authors, and test your knowledge on identifying traffic calming methods.

Standardization is key to the success of traffic-calming initiatives, and this book explains the processes, tools, and design needed to create a standard traffic-calming program. It also shows how municipalities can build needed flexibility into such programs.

This is the book that states and municipalities need to create effective traffic-calming programs.

About the Authors

Reid EwingReid Ewing
Reid Ewing is professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. He is author of several publications including Growing Cooler: the Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, Developing Successful New Communities, and Transportation and Land Use Innovations. He previously wrote the first complete traffic calming design manual for the Delaware Department of Transportation and is co-author of several manuals for other cities.

Steven Brown
Steven Brown is a senior principal at Fehr & Peers with more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering. In addition to his 15 years of consulting experience, Brown was the director of Transportation Planning for the City of Sacramento.  He is a licensed traffic engineer in California and has managed a variety of projects including transportation master plans, parking and circulation studies, bicycle and pedestrian facility plans and intersection/signal designs.

Test Your Knowledge

Do you know the difference between a hump and neckdown? Test your knowledge of traffic calming methods below. For information on design and application of these and other traffic calming measures, please reference the U.S. Traffic Calming Manual.

Match the illustrated traffic calming method with the correct name.

A. Half closures

B. Choker

C. Neckdowns

D. Chicanes

E. Speed hump

F. Midblock deflector








"The U.S. Traffic Calming Manual is a much-needed comprehensive review of current traffic calming experience and best practices around the country. It will no doubt become an indispensable resource for municipalities like New York City and their planners, engineers, and designers who are seeking to retrofit their streets to be safer, more livable, and more sustainable."

— Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner
New York City Department of Transportation

"U.S. Traffic Calming Manual provides an authoritative guide to traffic calming, with clear explanations and excellent illustrations. By collaborating to produce this superb manual, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Planning Association have shown the way toward more civilized cities."

— Donald Shoup, FAICP, author
The High Cost of Free Parking

Answers: 1-D; 2-F; 3-A; 4-E; 5-C; 6-B