Slow Streets

In 2020, the City launched Slow Streets (formerly known as Quiet Streets) as part of the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan.

What are Slow Streets?

On Slow Streets, temporary traffic calming devices in the form of flexible bollards are installed on neighbourhood streets to reduce traffic speeds.

Slow Streets serve as an entrance feature to a neighbourhood encouraging motorists slow down and take extra care while navigating the route as they are likely to encounter other more vulnerable road users.
Roadways remain accessible to all traffic and allow for the passage of two-way traffic including emergency vehicles, road maintenance vehicles and waste management vehicles.

Slow Streets measures are installed temporarily and will begin to be removed on November 1 each year when winter maintenance activities begin.

How to request a Slow Street

If you’d like Slow Streets devices installed on your street, please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).

Slow Streets will not be considered on:

  • Major collector or arterial roadways
  • Multi-lane roadways
  • Roadways that have MiWay transit routes
  • Roadways where the equipment cannot be safely accommodated
  • Roadways with significant on-street parking activity

Successful deployments from previous years may be considered for annual redeployments.

Evaluating requests

Following a formal request for Slow Streets, roadways will be reviewed by technical staff before implementing the program.

Contact us

If you have any questions about Slow Streets on a City road, please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits) or contact us online.