Ryan Martinson Interview: Resilience in a Transportation System


Ryan Martinson of Stantec recently posted a paper titled Resilience in a Transportation System: Should ITE Include Resilience in its Foundational Documents.  Ryan has focused his transportation career on sustainable transportation solutions and is the Vice Chair of ITE’s Sustainability Committee. Now he’s thinking about resiliency too. I find the somewhat contradictory concepts of sustainability […]

Advice for a Young Traffic Engineer


A blog reader emailed me the following – he wishes to stay anonymous while he works this out with his boss, who may or may not also be a reader of MikeOnTraffic… “I have a question that I thought would be good for you because of your expertise in the traffic industry and your blog […]

What to Do When You Need a Traffic Signal


When I sat in the chair as a traffic engineer for the City of Maple Grove I’d get the occasional call from a resident telling me we need a traffic signal at such and such intersection. My experience is that as a resident, your best bet to get something “public works” related started is to […]

Black Friday Trip Generation at Big Box Retailers

Black Friday Retail Traffic is 2x a Normal Day’s Traffic Big Box Retailers


We collected trip generation data at four big box retailers in Minnesota over the Black Friday retail sale event in November 2015.  We also collected data at the same stores during a normal week during the winter in 2016. You can freely dig into the data at TripGeneration.org. Below are summaries of the peak hour […]

The Traffic Diffuser


Rick Harrison at Rick Harrison Site Design Studio has an interesting video on what he calls a traffic diffuser. The video is only a couple of minutes long and its worth the time. Rick rightly points out that traffic engineers don’t do a good job of designing for the mixing of pedestrians with vehicles. Historically, intersections […]

8 Technological Changes that Will Revolutionize the Future of Transportation


Minnesota Department of Transportation hired David Levinson to prepare The Transportation Futures Project:  Planning for Technology Change, which was published in January 2016.  David is one of my favorite thought leaders on transportation issues and I highly recommend his book The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport in addition to this paper. Here’s […]

Turn That Brain On – Changing Driving Habits


Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. Habit – a routine of behavior repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously, a fixed way of thinking acquired through repetition. Habits are ingrained into everything we do. Little steps that we no longer actively think about as we go about completing larger tasks. […]

Increasing Bike Path Safety with Glow-In-The-Dark Asphalt


Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. Every now and then, a new technology grabs my attention and I can’t get enough information about it. This just happened again last month as Poland unveiled a new bike path. The cool thing about it – it glows in the dark. Polish urban […]

3 Ways to Improve Trip Generation Data in 2016


Trip generation data is at the core of how transportation professionals make traffic forecasts.  Do a search of my blog and you’ll see trip generation has been a recurring theme over the last nine years. ITE has been the broker/arbiter of trip generation data for 50+ years.  They did a wonderful job with 1960’s technology, […]