Traffic and parking conditions on residential streets can greatly affect neighborhood livability. When problems become a daily occurrence, our sense of community and personal well-being is compromised. When streets are safe and pleasant, our quality of life is enhanced.
The NTSS group's goals include creating a safer roadway environment for all users, enhancing neighborhood livability and engaging the community to become active participants in the traffic safety process.
Staff is committed to working with residents to protect and preserve neighborhood livability by:
- Discouraging excessive speeds
- Minimizing cut-through traffic
- Reducing overflow parking
- Encouraging walking and biking
Staff work with residents to improve safety on residential streets. If you have a concern in your neighborhood, please complete a request for action form.
The Residential Parking Management program addresses neighborhood concerns with parked non-resident vehicles, in some cases limiting parking to people who live in a neighborhood or restricting all parking from a street during certain times. When parking in Bellevue, be sure to follow the parking rules.
The Residential Traffic Guidebook highlights the numerous services offered by NTSS. The Guidebook details the intent of each service, the benefits of each service and how they are implemented.
Studying the impacts of navigation apps
In 2020, the City of Bellevue partnered with the national Safe Routes Partnership to explore the effects of navigation systems (e.g. Google Maps, Waze) on community mobility, safety and livability. Bellevue was one of five case study communities along with Orlando, Charlotte, Atlanta and Montgomery County, MD selected to provide background on our experiences of dealing with the negative implications of navigation apps.
The experiences gleaned from projects in the Woodridge and Bellecrest neighborhoods to discourage commuter cut-through traffic supported the work.