By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE
We recently completed our annual MikeOnTraffic reader survey. In the survey we asked readers what their biggest challenge is, and our readers didn’t hold back! We received a wide range of challenges that transportation engineers face daily. Over the next several months we are going to post resources for our readers around these challenges to help you in your professional lives.
Among the most commonly sited challenge was dealing with citizens regarding speeding issues. I have assembled some of our most read articles on traffic calming to help you get started evaluating traffic calming options.
Add a comment below on your favorite traffic calming device or technique, and I may include your ideas in an upcoming post.
- Traffic Calming Explained: Techniques and Devices for Slowing Down Traffic. A comprehensive look at the benefits and limitations of traffic calming measures and links to useful traffic calming resources.
- Speed Kidney: The Ultimate in Traffic Calming Devices? This article reviews the basics of this three hump design and includes a video of a speed kidney in use.
- Temporary Traffic Calming Example. Sometimes, all that’s needed to help calm traffic is a temporary solution. In this article we look at a temporary traffic circle that was setup in a neighborhood where cut-through traffic was an issue.
- Pop-Up Gardens for Traffic Calming. These temporary, often seasonal, gardens provide a way to create green space in fully-developed areas as well as provide traffic calming in neighborhoods by diverting traffic.
Looking for more great ways to deal with traffic calming and other citizen requests?
Check out our digital book The Engineer’s Guide to Citizen Traffic Requests. Including more than 15 ready to use email templates to respond to common citizen traffic requests including excessive speeds, stop signs, cut through traffic, truck traffic, special interest signs, and more. Download a free preview to see how the guide can work for you.
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