Meet Me at PTV Vision Traffic User Group Meeting

Mike Spack to Present "How Vistro is Improving Our Traffic Studies"

Join me on October 13th and 14th at the 16th North America PTV Vision Traffic User Group Meeting in Portland, Oregon. This year I will be sharing my insights on “How Vistro is Improving Our Traffic Studies.” Click the link to view information about this year’s meeting. Send me an email at if you are planning […]

Parklets – Functional Beauty in the Street

Transforming Street Space to Benefit Businesses and the Community

With summer coming to end, we are also reaching the end of year 2 for Minneapolis’ experiment with Parklets. Parklets, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is the term for the conversion of one or more parking spots into a public space. Considered streetscape, a parklet provides a space for bike parking, sitting, plantings, […]

The Future of Transportation by Peter Diamandis

Dr. Peter Diamandis is a pretty smart guy (master’s in aerospace engineering from MIT and M.D. from Harvard Medical School) in addition to being pretty gutsy (I love his story of how he started the X-Prize Foundation without having the prize money secured).  Needless to say, I’m a fan of his. So when his post […]

Traffic Impact Study Improvements: Part 4 – To All the Ends of the Earth

8 Considerations When Generating Trip Distribution Patterns

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting Earlier this year, I detailed how our standard process for a Traffic Impact Study has several points of assumptions at best or guesses at worst. This post continues that discussion.  Check out the “Top 6 Ways to Pick Apart a Traffic Study” for […]

Analysis of Protected Intersections for Bicyclists

Nick Falbo came up with a very interesting idea last year for improving intersection traffic flow for bicyclists he called the Protected Intersection.  The bicyclists cross each leg of the intersection parallel to pedestrians and wait in corner refuge areas that are protected by islands instead of riding on the street.  The four major design […]

Parkmobile App is Changing Parking Meter Payments

The "Uber-tization" of Parking Meters is Here!

Minneapolis switched to parking meters that accept credit cards about five years ago.  The majority of the city is now blanketed with a system where you enter your stall number and then pay at a kiosk.  The credit card system is inconsistent (at least for me), so I still keep quarters in my car to […]

Is NACTO Better Than ITE?

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) came on the scene in 2012 and I really like their website. The website is easy to navigate and it has great graphics from their Urban Bikeway Design Guide and their Urban Street Design Guide.  They also give away part of the content of each design guide […]

Atari’s Pong is More Up-To-Date than Traffic Signal Warrant Research

It is Time the MUTCD to Update their Warrant Research Data

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice-President at Spack Consulting Recently we announced the release of a new traffic signal and stop sign warrants spreadsheets that included warrants 1 – 3. A key driver for us to develop easy-to-use warrant analysis spreadsheets was we saw a need to get to warrant analysis data quickly […]