In another thread, SBHikes wrote regarding John Forester:
To my personal frustration, many cycling advocacy groups and individuals are against traffic calming projects. Many times, it's local cyclists who completely derail traffic calming efforts. The most effective tools in a traffic calming 'toolbox' are unloved by activist cyclists: traffic circles, bulb outs, on-street parking, narrow lanes and so forth. That leaves engineers with almost useless traffic calming measures such as stop signs and speed bumps -- studies show that motorists actually drive faster between these measures!The group that hired him is against traffic calming...
I personally like traffic calming engineering in neighorhood streets -- I look at streets as a system with multiple users, and anything that adds interest is good for the safety of all street users, even in the United States.
Examples that I'm personally aware of:
- Atlanta cyclists killed East Wesley Road traffic calming project (2007)
- Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition advocates removal of Mary Avenue bulb out (2007)
- In Longmont, Colorado, cyclists worked with motorists to remove 'dangerous' traffic circles on Mountain View Avenue (2005)