Tree-lined streets provide many benefits beyond a lovely view. Their presence improves air quality, reduces noise, helps conserve energy and calms traffic. Yes, tree-lined streets can promote traffic calming. The mere presence signals to motorists that they are approaching a populated area (with potential pedestrians and bicyclists), triggering motorists to check their speed and, if […]
Uber Movement Street Speeds (UMSS) launched this month in five cities: New York City, Seattle, Cincinnati, Nairobi and London. Leading up to this, in 2017 Uber launched Movement.com with a goal to create, “a website that uses Uber’s data to help urban planners make informed decisions about our cities.” Uber launched UMSS in response to a […]
After one of their siblings had a near miss with a speeding car close to their school, Metford, Massachusetts, elementary school students, Eric and Isa, took a proposal to Medford’s mayor, Stephanie Burke. The Boston Globe reported on the students’ desire to create an optical illusion crosswalk outside their school to get drivers to slow down. […]
Haymarket Police Department has gotten quite a response to the traffic message board they put up at the end of March. On Facebook alone they have received 1,500 reactions, 142 comments and 859 shares. The sign reads, “Slow Down or We Will Call Your Mom.” I guess some drivers would rather get a ticket than […]
To each his own. Some people are passionate about saving the planet, others are passionate about feeding the homeless, and some are passionate about safer streets in their communities. When people are truly passionate about something, they take action and their approach can be as unique as they are. In South Bend, Indiana, Heather Liptrap, […]
Vision Zero, an international movement originating in Sweden in the late ‘90s, is an effort to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic.
Sheriff Chody has created a life-size cutout from the photo of an actual deputy aiming a radar gun at oncoming traffic. Up close, you know it is fake, but from a vehicle traveling down the road? Drivers are not so sure.
It is tough to gauge the speed of a moving vehicle while standing still. Catching it on video is helpful, but is it enough for local law enforcement or officials to take action? Yes, but there is a better way. Here’s why. Paul Nye of Baltimore County, Maryland, and his family have witnessed school buses […]
The city has allocated $50,000 of the annual budget to traffic calming initiatives for a problematic section of Grandview Avenue. The current plan is to use these funds to install seven speed humps approximately 250 feet apart, but could this plan cost them more in the long run with maintenance and the chance of having to remove the humps?
Cut-through traffic is a big problem for residential areas, causing residents to be fearful walking in their own neighborhood. Traffic apps are a large contributor. Waze, Inrix and other traffic apps have become a handy, go-to tool for finding the shortest and fastest route around town, often directing drivers off the main roads and onto […]