READING - Traffic Calming ePrimer
Are the drivers going through your neighbourhood going too fast? Do you want to do something about it? Your first reaction might be to approach authorities to install a stop sign or speed bumps. This may or may not be the appropriate way to deal with the situation.
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has published a traffic calming e-primer for public use. According to the site:
The ePrimer is presented in eight distinct modules developed to allow the reader to move between each to find the desired information, without a cover-to-cover reading. The ePrimer presents:
a definition of traffic calming, its purpose, and its relationship to other transportation initiatives (like complete streets and context sensitive solutions);
- illustrations and photographs of 22 different types of traffic calming measures;
- considerations for their appropriate application, including effects and design and installation specifics;
- research on the effects of traffic calming measures on mobility and safety for passenger vehicles; emergency response, public transit, and waste collection vehicles; and pedestrians and bicyclists;
- examples and case studies of both comprehensive traffic calming programs and neighborhood-specific traffic calming plans;
- case studies that cover effective processes used to plan and define a local traffic calming program or project and assessments of the effects of individual and series of traffic calming measures.
Using the primer may make your approach to authorities more likely to succeed as you could then suggest an appropriate solution with a recognized source of information to back up your choice.