Oslo, Norway Banning Automobiles Downtown?

Here’s a Reuters news story saying the recently elected city council in Oslo, Norway is pledging to add 60 kilometers of bike lanes and then banning private automobiles in the city center by 2019. This initiative is part of Norway’s initiative to reduce carbon emissions and cut car traffic by a third in the next […]

Traffic Impact Study Improvements: Part 6 – Should Safety Review be Included in a TIS?

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 […]

The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport – Book Review

How Technology is Changing How We Do Business, Our Means of Transportation, and Our Traffic Patterns

I recently read The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport by Professors David Levinson and Kevin Krizek.  I’ve known David Levinson (The Transportationist) for about 15 years now – we grabbed lunch within a few months of him starting at the University of Minnesota. Honestly, the book sat in my kindle for about a […]

Exciting Updates to PTV’s Vissim and Vistro Software

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the 2015 PTV America User’s Group Meeting about our experiences with using Vistro for doing traffic impact studies.  The opening session of the meeting covered software enhancements that are being rolled out this winter. Here are some of the key enhancements being made in Vissim: […]

New Trip Generation Data – Marijuana Dispensaries Drive 10 Times More Traffic Than Specialty Retail Stores

Per square foot (KSF), Marijuana Dispensaries are proving to be one of the biggest retail traffic generators in the United States. The tables below show the traffic rates at marijuana dispensaries as compared to pharmacies and other small size retail operations as reported in the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ (ITE) Trip Generation Manual, 9th Edition. […]

Minneapolis History Goes Digital

The City of Minneapolis is bringing a great wealth of historical images and film to life online. MPR first brought this story to my attention and provided the link to the City of Minneapolis’ flickr account. Among the fascinating data is a driving video of Interstate 35W before it was open to the public in […]

MikeOnTraffic Subscriber Survey Results – 2015

Thank you to everyone who completed the recent reader survey. I’ve been writing about traffic engineering for years. It’s an ever evolving space that requires traffic engineers to continually adapt. I love hearing from others in the profession which is why I asked readers to share with me the single biggest challenge they are facing […]

How Pedestrians Can Legally Avoid Traffic Signals

I’ve been walking to work every day now for a couple of years.  I also have a bunch of places I walk to within half a mile of the office (including Starbucks and Caribou Coffee).  I believe my 3-5 miles of walking a day puts me near the top of the list of traffic engineers […]

6 Must Have Features for a Traffic Counting Vehicle

Our data collection firm, Traffic Data Inc., is now on the market for a new traffic counting vehicle. We wanted to share with you some of the features we’re looking for. These are things that we’ve noticed in other vehicles and simple best practices from our experience. In 2013, we ran a competition among local […]

7 Best Practices for Event Traffic Management Plans

Creating TMPs to Navigate Night-Time Event Traffic Issues

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting Halloween is that fun time of costumes, haunted houses, trick-or-treating, and sneaking that favorite chocolate bar from your kid’s candy stash (I’m not the only one am I?). Lots of places open in October with haunted attractions ranging from pumpkin patches and corn […]