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Livable Streets

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Livable Streets

Program Overview

The Livable Streets Program is working to bring neighborhood traffic calming to Salt Lake City on a citywide scale. Our goal is to improve the safety and livability of your neighborhood streets. The program identified 403 miles of candidate streets and established 113 zones to help the City prioritize the allocation of funds. The zones were ranked based on injury crashes, traffic speeds, access to community assets, and socioeconomic data. Learn more in the FAQ below. Our team is currently working on zones one through nine.

Read the full program report to learn more.

Meet With Us

We’re hosting public meetings to better understand the specific needs of your community. This is your chance to give the City feedback to help identify areas of concern and implement traffic calming measures that align with the preferences of Salt Lake City residents!

Upcoming Meetings

We’re taking a short winter break. Check back soon for details about the next meetings!

How to Provide Feedback

How to Provide Feedback

The success of the Livable Streets Program relies on public participation. Your feedback will guide us to identify areas of concern and help us implement traffic calming measures that align with the needs and preferences of Salt Lake City residents. There are a variety of ways to provide input:

  • Leave a voicemail at 801-535-6412.

  • Attend one of our community meetings. We host 2-3 community meetings for each zone. When we reach the zone in which you live, we’ll send out postcards to notify you. You can find the meeting details in the “Meet With Us” menu.

  • Attend community council meetings. When we reach the zone in which you live, we’ll present at the community council. This is a great opportunity to talk with the team in person.

Livable Streets FAQ

What is traffic calming and livability?

Traffic calming is the deliberate slowing of traffic in residential areas through physical design. It is tool to combat speeding and other unsafe behaviors of drivers and aims to encourage safer, more responsible driving. Visit our traffic calming toolkit webpage to see examples of existing traffic calming around Salt Lake City.

We define livability as the factors that can contribute to a neighborhood’s increased quality of life. It can include both built and natural elements of the environment, community safety, accessibility, connectivity to goods and services, and the equitable distribution of all of these factors.


Is my street a candidate for traffic calming?

The Livable Streets Program identified 403.5 miles of candidate streets throughout Salt Lake City that meet the following criteria:

  • Have a posted speed limit of 30 mph or less

  • Are owned and maintained by Salt Lake City

  • Have three or fewer travel lanes

  • Are not part of a university campus or contained within a public park

  • Are not slated for improvements through any other funded program

  • Are adjacent to areas with a residential land use component

If your street meets these criteria, it is likely a candidate for traffic calming under the Livable Streets program!


When will I see traffic calming implemented on my street?

Traffic calming plans will be developed for each zone in the order established in the Livable Streets program document. The City was prioritized into 113 zones and it is currently not known how many zones can be addressed by Transportation staff each year. We’re a small team and we’re working as fast as we can.


How and why were the zones prioritized?

The zones were prioritized based on crash, speed, and demographic data (the number of households within each zone, and the percent of those households recorded as living below the federal poverty line, identifying as Hispanic and/or non-white, and not having access to a car according to the most recent American Community Survey (2016)). They were prioritized to promote equitable distribution of transportation investment on neighborhood streets where it is most needed. For more information see the Livable Streets Program document.


What are examples of “traffic calming measures?”

Examples of traffic calming measures include roundabouts, speed bumps, traffic circles, speed feedback signals and curb extensions. For a more in-depth review of the traffic calming measures we use, check out the Traffic Calming Toolkit webpage.


How is the Livable Streets Program funded?

During 2022, the City Council approved $2M of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds for this program.


What is the background of this program?

For more background, read the Salt Lake City Traffic Management Program Document from 2003 or the University of Utah Effectiveness of Traffic Calming Measures in Salt Lake City document from 2019.


Who can I contact if I have questions?

Send an email to livablestreets@slcgov.com to ask questions or to provide feedback on any of the projects within the Livable Streets program

**Click the Zone Information button to access individual zone webpages.**

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Contact Us

Email | livablestreets@slcgov.com

Phone Inbox | 801-535-6412

Social Media | @SLCmoves @SLCgov