Frequently, residents inquire about how to get a
“speed bump” (speed control undulation) installed. In 1996, the City
Council passed Resolution 62-96 that prescribes the procedure, which is
There are, however, some updates and helpful hints:
- The resolution refers to the “Neighborhood
Council Coordinator.” Due to reorganizations and layoffs, that
position is either gone or soon will be. I recommend, instead,
simply contacting the City Manager’s Office (510/620-6512) for
- Due to shrinking staff, the more work on this
that can be done by the applicant, the sooner it will happen.
Prepare the petitions and get signatures, get written support of
adjacent property owners/occupants, get on the neighborhood council
agenda, get a letter from the neighborhood council evidencing the
vote of support, and provide a parcel map showing the proposed
location and the parcels owned or occupied by the persons signing
the petition. You can download maps from the City’s GIS site at
http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/GIS/, but it’s slow and not user
friendly. You might do better to go down to City hall and have the
maps created by the GIS staff. See
- “Consensus” has been deemed to consist of a
petition of 75% of residents on the block supporting the undulation
and a majority vote of the Neighborhood Council.
- To get on a neighborhood Council agenda,
contact the president. A list can be found at
- Throughout the process, put everything in
writing, and keep a record of who on City staff was contacted and
when. Speed undulation requests are notorious for being lost in the
- The address of the City Engineer is:
1401 Marina Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
Criteria for Installation of Speed Control
Undulations (from Resolution 62-96)
- The street must be a residential neighborhood
street with no industrial or commercial properties.
- The street cannot be a major collector or
- Prevailing speed limit on the street must not
exceed 25 mph.
- Undulations cannot be installed over manholes,
valves or monuments.
- Undulations cannot be located within 25 feet
of a fire hydrant.
- Undulations cannot be located within 10 feet
- Undulations cannot be located within a street
curve or a corner radius.
- Emergency services (Fire and police) must
approve the location.
- City shall notify residents and Neighborhood
Council on the affected street of any proposal to install a peed
- Neighborhood Council must have a consensus of
neighborhood support for the specific locations and need to install
Speed Control Undulations.
- Owner-residents of adjacent properties must
support the location.
- City Council must approve installation of a
Speed Control Undulation.
- Installation must be in accordance with City
Standards and Criteria for Installation of Speed Control
Procedures for Installation of Speed Control
Undulations (from Resolution 62-96)
- Initial proposal for installation of Speed
Control Undulations shall be routed to the City Traffic Engineer and
Neighborhood Council Coordinator for processing.
- Traffic Engineer shall review the proposed
installation fro compliance with City Standards and Criteria for
installation of Speed Control Undulations.
- Neighborhood Council Coordinator shall notify
residents of proposal, obtain Neighborhood Council recommendation,
confirm neighborhood consensus and obtain adjacent property
- Traffic Engineer will notify emergency
services and public transit agencies of proposal and obtain their
- Traffic Engineer and Neighborhood Council
Coordinator will prepare a staff report and recommendation to City
- City Council will approve or deny all proposed
installations for Speed Control Undulations.
- Traffic Engineer will prepare Work Request to
Public Works Department Operations and maintenance Division for
installation of approved Speed Control Undulations.