Neighborhood traffic is a hot button issue in communities nationwide. Communities have struggled to find creative ways to successfully affect drivers’ behavior, slowing them down or encouraging them to use preferred routes. It is a difficult and constant issue.
What is Drive Wise?
Drive Wise is the education element of the town’s traffic calming program. As you travel through various Windsor neighborhoods, you may see signs like those pictured below in the front yards of homes. Citizens in several neighborhoods are working together with town staff to coordinate the distribution of these signs in concentrated areas where high traffic speed has been consistently noted. After the signs have been displayed for a period of time, the Windsor Police will assist in educating drivers that continue to speed in these areas. The neighborhood lawn signs will “travel” so they can be shared with all Windsor neighborhoods throughout the year. If you are interested in having your neighborhood included in the rotation of receiving and displaying the signs, have a neighborhood representative call Town Manager’s Office at 860-285-1800 and they will help you out.
The Town of Windsor has a traffic calming program that is designed to reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users.
A good traffic calming solution to any neighborhood traffic problem has four parts:
Drive Wise is the education element of the town’s traffic calming program. This speeding awareness campaign launched in December 2010.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Drive Wise campaign or the traffic calming program, please contact Zack Viereck of the Engineering Department at 860-285-1868.
Digital Speed Display Signs
The town owns three sets of Digital Speed Display Signs (DSDS). These signs are rotated throughout town to collect traffic data and to warn drivers to slow down. Even when the signs are not flashing, they are counting passing vehicles and recording speeds. The signs are part of the town’s traffic calming program and are also used to collect data that is helpful for making road design and repair, traffic signage and traffic enforcement decisions.
The town’s traffic calming volunteers and town employees in the Police, Engineering and Public Works Departments are all involved with operating and maintaining the signs.
The signs are typically in one location for 2 to 8 weeks.
Town staff and residents suggest where the signs should be used. If you would like to add a street to the DSDS list, please contact Zack Viereck of the Engineering Department at 860-285-1868.