Pace Cars

About Pace Cars

The Pace Car Program is a citizen-based traffic calming initiative that encourages Northampton residents to take responsibility for their own driving while setting the pace for safer streets and neighborhoods. The concept is simple: Northampton residents sign a pledge to drive safely, courteously, and within the speed limit on City streets and receive an official Northampton Pace Car sticker to display on their vehicles.

The Pace Car sticker (at right) shows other drivers that you are taking part in a community-based effort to address the problems of traffic speed, safety, and congestion in the City of Northampton. The sticker also serves as a "pledge reminder" to Pace Car drivers each time they get behind the wheel and drive around the City and through other people's neighborhoods.

The Pace Car concept originated in Boise, Idaho and has been replicated in Atlanta, Greensboro, Santa Cruz, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, and other cities and towns across the nation.

About the Program

The program is inexpensive and based on a simple, yet ingenious approach to traffic calming: cars calming other cars. By setting a safe and livable pace for other drivers and sharing the road with pedestrians and bicycles. Pace Cars, in effect, become mobile traffic calming devices or rolling speed bumps.  To become a Pace Car Driver, select the link below:

Contact Us

  1. Northampton Pace Car Program

    Department of Public Works
    125 Locust Street
    Northampton, MA 01060
    Ph: 413-587-1570
    Fax: 413-587-1576


    Business Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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