Traffic Corner Tuesday – Sharing Traffic Engineering Knowledge One Webinar at a Time

Traffic Corner Tuesday Webinar

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Starting MikeOnTraffic in 2007 seemed very cutting edge at the time, but blogs became commonplace, and there have been several online innovations since then.  Our mission at Spack Enterprises is to “Improve Transportation Globally”, so we routinely think about how we can reach more people or share our knowledge more […] – A Look at Traffic Data Collection Innovation

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Recently, I wrote about MikeOnTraffic celebrating its 10th anniversary. The success of MikeOnTraffic has helped me work toward’s my personal goal of sharing my knowledge to help improve transportation globally. The blog has also helped me spread the word about how to cost-effectively collect traffic data so transportation professionals can […]

Mike On Traffic’s 10th Anniversary

Mike On Traffic Turns 10

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been blogging for ten years.  More than 8,000 people worldwide visit Mike On Traffic each month, and I’ve posted more than 760 articles.  The Institute of Transportation Engineers’ monthly magazine typically has four articles, delivered to about 15,000 members.  With two articles posted […]

Insider Look at COUNTcam2 Traffic Video Recorder Innovations

A Closer Look at the Design and Development of the COUNTcam 2 Traffic Video Recorder

COUNTcam 2 Traffic Video Recorder Prototypes

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Among our core objectives at CountingCars is to be at the forefront of traffic data collection technology to provide our customers with products that are as innovative as they are reliable. With this in mind, we recently teamed up with the folks at Tomorrow Lab to bring you the revolutionary […]

School Speed Zones

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE For a city traffic engineer, nothing signifies the end of summer quite like the barrage of calls from concerned parents (and sometimes school officials) requesting school speed zones and safety improvements. With so much at stake and so many factors to consider, school speed zones can easily become one of […]

Traffic Engineering Briefing: When is a road congested?

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE A road feels congested to motorists when the traffic demand approaches the capacity of the roadway.  The two biggest factors that determine if a road feels congested are volume (how many vehicles are using the road) and capacity (how many vehicles the road can accommodate a day). Transportation professionals use […]

Control Devices: Stop Signs Benefits, Limitations and Design Guidelines

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Stop signs are the cheapest traffic control devices for controlling traffic at an intersection. This post provides background, benefits, limitations, design guidelines, and further resources for designing stop sign installations. Background The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (jargon: MUTCD) governs the use of all traffic control devices in the […]

Case Study: School Traffic Control Plan

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE About a decade ago I helped my kids’ parochial grade school develop a pick-up/drop-off procedure.  The principal has moved on and sent me the following email on August 24th: “we are in need of some help with our traffic flow at both the beginning and the end of the school […]

Access Management Primer

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Access management is the practice of limiting driveway or street intersections to reduce crash rates and congestion.  This post provides background, benefits, limitations, guidelines, and further resources for using access management. Background of Access Management Access management began in the United States in 1906 when the Supreme Court ruled in […]

A Closer Look: The Development of wayCOUNT Road Tube Counter

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE A unique aspect of compared to our competitors is that we are traffic engineers and data collectors.  Not only do we listen to our customers as any good company should, but we are our best customer preparing hundreds of engineering studies and collecting tens of thousands of hours of […]