Stop signs are necessary at many intersections to help the flow of traffic. Using the signs as a traffic slowing device, however, is often a poor choice. If your town or city is having problems with speeds on a particular stretch of road, putting stops at intersections on that road might seem like a good idea. Unfortunately, it can actually make a dangerous traffic situation even worse.
Intersections where there are often collisions between vehicles as well as pedestrian injuries cry out for stop signs or stop lights. It...Read More
Every device intended for traffic calming has pros and cons. Some which might be terrible in one situation could be ideal in another. But this makes it especially important you carefully look at the options before you decide which measures and devices are a good fit for your area. Whether you're with a local government that makes these decisions, or you're a citizen who wants to stay informed and help shape your community, a look at some of the hidden dangers in some traffic calming measures can help you make better decisions.
Some of the most common traffic calming methods used today are built in at the time of roadway construction. Things like extended curbs, roundabouts, center medians and forced turn lanes are all considered traffic calming devices. Anything that forces traffic in one direction or narrows lanes has the potential to slow traffic down. But these choices may not always be the best for traffic flow, even if they do tend to reduce speed.
They're also most cost-effective if they're installed at the time of road construction. Unfortunately, unless the need for traffic calming is...Read More
The many benefits of using good traffic calming measures on your corporate campus make the small investment in these measures well worth the cost. You can gain a lower accident rate, less congestion and a more pleasing area to walk and drive in when you use the right traffic control techniques like driver feedback signs that slow traffic down.
There's also an important benefit that might not be obvious right away. It's one thing that businesses clamor for and sometimes never quite achieve. You can take your business a step in the right direction if you can help prevent...Read More
Traffic calming techniques have several purposes, including improving traffic flow and lessening congestion. The main reason for traffic calming measures like driver feedback signs, however, is to prevent accidents and save lives. If traffic is a problem or a potential problem where you and your family live, the addition of driver feedback signs can help keeps the kids in your community safer.
The American Journal of Public Health found that children who live near traffic calming devices were a full 50% less likely to be hit by a car in their neighborhood than kids who...Read More
By mid-November, 2012, in Missouri, there had been almost 700 deaths on the state's highways for the year. The number might surprise some people, either seeming very low or very high. Fortunately, the number of road deaths tends to reduce each year with more people driving safely and the use of better traffic calming techniques. Missouri has a record of using lit, dynamic signs both to slow traffic and alert traffic of situations ahead, detours and other on-the-fly situations. Without these, that number would doubtless be higher.
It would also be higher if fewer people...Read More
Corporate campuses, particularly large ones with dozens of buildings, are busy places with workers coming and going at all hours on foot and in vehicles. There may also be a lot of bicycle traffic, especially on campuses of companies that pride themselves in being green and environmentally friendly. The foot and bike traffic in close proximity to vehicular traffic can cause some safety issues. Addressing these issues makes everyone safer.
By using traffic calming devices like TraffiCalm's driver feedback signs on...Read More
The most obvious benefit of slowing down traffic in your neighborhood is pedestrian safety. Even slowing the flow of cars by 5 mph can make a huge difference in the number and severity of accidents. But beyond pedestrian safety, there are many benefits that some HOAs and local law enforcement agencies might not be thinking of when trying to determine how best to handle traffic problems.
A traffic control device like TraffiCalm's MUTCD traffic signs with driver feedback improve the safety of the neighborhoods where...Read More
Halloween is a time of year when drivers need to be particularly cautious for one night when children will be out in force. Residential streets where drivers need to be careful anyway become places where unusually slow speeds become necessary for safety. This is especially true since Halloween comes after the time change, and most of the time the children will be out walking door to door, it will be dark.
This day is a great example of a circumstance where driver feedback signs or variable speed signs from TraffiCalm Systems can be particular useful. On a street that...Read More
The importance of slow traffic in school zones has been discussed a great deal, but it's also important not to overlook other areas where children are present. Parks, playgrounds and play areas need to keep traffic moving slowly. But preschools that might not be part of a public school, day care centers and parochial schools are also places where traffic calming is important.
Public school buildings are typically large and easy to identify. Distracted drivers might even notice the large school buildings and adjust their speed. Small schools like preschools or day care...Read More
If you're responsible for the flow of traffic in any area, whether at your work site, in an area you govern, in a construction zone, around a school or in your neighborhood where your HOA makes street maintenance decisions, ask yourself if you're doing all you can to control traffic.
The first step in fixing a problem, people often say, is admitting there is one. In the case of traffic calming, admittance isn't always the issue. You have to be aware of the problem before you can fix it. Accidents and complaints are one way to be aware of traffic problems. But much more...Read More
Everyone understands the importance of slower traffic in school zones. How to achieve this is often a subject of some debate, but TraffiCalm Systems knows that driver feedback signs can help slow traffic down. The signs work on highways, in residential areas, in work zones and in school zones equally well, slowing the general flow of traffic and making drivers aware of their surroundings.
There are a number of other traffic calming measures available besides driver feedback signs. Determining which work in school zones can be tricky, while some of those methods can even...Read More
A common problem found on military bases today is crowding. This isn't due to a higher than normal number of people in military service, but base closures that have forced more personnel onto fewer bases. A smaller number of bases have to support more housing and services than ever before. So more people live and work, with their children attending school, in a smaller area than most military personnel had to deal with in times past.
The government knows that this crowding is bound to cause traffic problems now and in the future, thanks to a study requested by Congress....Read More
At TraffiCalm Systems, we understand and appreciate how important it is for every driver on the road to be as careful as possible. We also realize that not all drivers are careful. That's why our road sign products are designed to help bring drivers' attention back to the road and their speed.
TraffiCalm is a member of the IMSA and the ATSSA to keep abreast of new technologies, ideas and standards in highway signage and traffic calming techniques. Road safety is our number one priority, so we create the highest quality products possible. Our driver feedback and variable...Read More
TraffiCalm Systems manufactures high quality, MUTCD-compliant traffic signs to help solve traffic calming problems both in residential areas and on highways. It's apparent that there are hundreds of scenarios in which driver feedback signs and/or variable speed signs can help slow traffic and prevent accidents. Work zones, school zones, event venues, mining areas, construction sites, military bases and more can benefit from these signs.
Some residential areas can also benefit from a driver feedback sign that slows traffic. Any street where speeding cars are a problem...Read More