Does traffic calming work?

Yes. Before-and-after traffic studies in many municipalities show a reduction of speed and a reduction in the traffic volume after calming changes are made. Many proponents believe it also reduces accidents, though that claim is less well documented.

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1. What is traffic calming?
2. What is the point of traffic calming?
3. How does traffic calming slow vehicular traffic and discourage drivers from using certain roads?
4. Does traffic calming work?
5. Are there drawbacks to traffic calming?
6. Is traffic calming popular?