This deceptively simple picture shows just how easy real traffic calming can be accomplished. The concrete planter / bollard on the right holds the traffic calming sign, reminding motorists the maximum speed limit is 30.
But that doesn’t mean you are entitled to do 30 kmh.
The speed limit sign and its pedestal take up half the traffic lane.
In the distance (double click picture to enlarge) are concrete planters smack dab in the middle of the traffic lanes. It is necessary to fully move over into the oncoming traffic lane in order to pass, as does the traffic coming towards you. It requires unusual motorist skills to actually look at the road, assess whether traffic is coming, make a decision as to when to move lanes, who has right of way, etc. In short, the motorist is engaged in driving rather than on autopilot.
Fences line the curbs, so there is no spare space. It looks like this zone is shared by people who walk, people who cycle, people who drive cars …. The photo is “zoomed” in, so each of those barriers occur short blocks apart.
Meanwhile, back in Ottawa, the traffic dept still has conniptions about expanding a local park onto the adjacent “parking lane”, never mind onto the traffic lane … and little “drive over” green speed limit wands are in the front line of traffic calming.