NTMP - The Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan

In November, 2003, the City Coucil ordered the creation of a Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan to govern the administration of traffic calming projects throughout the city.  They approved a set of guidelines spelling out features they wanted the plan to include.  

The most important elements of the guidelines are:

1) increase the simple majority of neighborhood approval as required by the interim NTMP to a supermajority.  This is to allow for the fact that people who approve these projects often change their minds after installation.  In the Willows 47% of the signers of the original 1993 petition renounced their signatures by signing the SOS petition in 1994.

2) numerical limits to delayed emergency vehicle response, including cumulative delays from multiple traffic calming projects.  The Interim NTMP has no limits.

3) numerical limits to traffic diversion to other streets, including cumulative diversion from multiple projects.  The Interim NTMP has no limits.  This guideline prevents piecemeal redistribution of neighborhood traffic by a sequence of projects on individual streets.

4) prohibition of redistribution of traffic by means of barriers and diverters except in case of overriding safety.  This is to make it clear that the NTMP is not to be used to rearrange traditional neighborhood traffic patterns.

NTMP as approved

In November, 2004 the Menlo Park City Council resisted an effort by Willows traffic activists and City Staff to weaken the protections embodied in the guidelines and approved an NTMP conforming substantially to these guidelines.  Here's the NTMP document.

NTMP successful in practice

The NTMP has been used by several Menlo Park neigborhoods to deal with traffic calming issues.  In 2016, Menlo Park's NTMP was adopted ed by the Town of Atherton for its traffic calming program.

NTMP targeted for revision by activists

A veteran Willows traffic activist gained a position on Menlo Park's Transporation Commission.  In 2013 the Commission formed a committee to study possible revisions to the NTMP.  In early 2017, that work is ongoing.