Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

Projects Overview

Project Summary:

The City created a neighborhood traffic calming program in 2016 to respond to requests from residents to slow speeding vehicles and increase safety on residential streets. Possible traffic calming measures include speed humps, curb extensions, signage, and chicanes. Interested in having your street evaluated for traffic calming? The traffic calming program includes a traffic and speed study, formal petition of the propose installation area, and a final staff recommendation. Contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 248-336-2366 or for more details.

Current Traffic Calming Program Demonstration Areas

The City installed proven methods for traffic calming along demonstration streets, where residents expressed a need for traffic calming and where improvements have been designated through our road bond. Speed humps are shorter and wider than typical speed bumps, and are used by cities like Ypsilanti, Farmington Hills, and other to safely encourage drivers to slow down on neighborhood streets. Speed humps are 3-4 inches high and 12-14 feet wide, and unlike their bumpier cousins, they have a 3-6-foot ramp on each side. This makes them great tools that have been shown to reduce speeds to 15-20 MPH where implemented.

Note: Speed humps are typically installed near fire hydrants. Speed humps are not permitted to be installed on major streets or fire routes at this time. Installation of traffic calming elements may result in a loss of on-street parking.

Demonstration streets include:

  • W. Maplehurst (Pinecrest to Woodward): 2 Speed Humps
  • W. Hazelhurst (Laprairie to Woodward): 2 Speed Humps
  • W. Bennett (Edgewood to Woodward): Speed Hump
  • W. Drayton (Pinecrest to Livernois): Speed Hump
  • W. Woodland (Woodward to Livernois): Speed Hump
  • W. Oakridge (Woodward to Livernois): Speed Hump
  • W. Marshall (Central to Republic): Speed Hump
  • E. Lewiston (Woodward to Bermuda): Speed Hump
  • Pearson St (Allen to Woodward): 2 Speed Humps
  • E. Webster (Woodward to Hilton): Speed Hump
  • Gardendale (Fielding to 8 Mile): Speed Hump

To find out more details, call the Community and Economic Development Department at 248-336-2366 or

Other projects:

Woodward Moves (2022)
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Learn more about the Michigan Department of Transportation's repaving project and how to participate in short term and long term vision planning for Woodward Avenue in Ferndale.

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MoGo Bike Share (2019-2020)
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The City of Ferndale was awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant award in 2018 to fund a regional bike share program in summer 2019. The bike share program will be in partnership with MoGo Bike Share and include cities of Berkley, Detroit, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.

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Woodward Bicycling and Walking Safety Audit (2019)
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The Cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge were awarded a $40,000 SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) Planning Assistance grant for a bicycling and walking safety audit on Woodward Avenue. This study is now complete. Please follow the Woodward Moves project page for updated project details (

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