New traffic calming measure in place around Barrie

Slow down, that’s the message.

The City of Barrie has a new way of trying to get drivers to slow down on neighbourhood roads. A metal cutout of a police officer with a traffic gun will be placed on the side of the road on select streets around Barrie this summer in hopes of getting the attention of drivers with a heavy foot.

The pilot is an innovative approach that expands the city’s traffic calming measures and supports city council’s strategic priority of improving the ability to get around on the roads. Reducing the speed of traffic will help create safer neighbourhoods, which is the objective of traffic calming.

Traffic-calmed streets are intended to improve the residents’ quality of life and increase safety for active transportation users. Other traffic-calming measures used by the City of Barrie include temporary speed cushions, road diets, radar speed advisory boards and temporary median islands.

To learn more about the city’s traffic Calming Policy, visit

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