New Parking Generation Data for Uses Not in ITE’s Parking Generation Report

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE   As a follow-up to our comparison post Building the Right Amount of Parking Stalls between the parking generation data from TripGeneration.org vs. ITE’s Parking Generation, 4th Edition, here are average peak parking rates for fourteen land uses that aren’t in ITE’s dataset.  Enjoy! Average Peak Parking Rates Land Use […]

Virtual Speed Humps: Effective or Ineffective Traffic Calming Tool?

Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Recently, I was contacted by the New York Times Upfront magazine, to comment on a 3D speed hump being used in Iceland. (Click to view the article). The question was, are painted virtual speed humps effective? The goal of speed humps is to help calm traffic, making it safer for pedestrians. […]

Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons Reapproved!

By Bryant Ficek On February 1, 2018, MikeOnTraffic published an article about the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) repeal of their Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) interim approval. In essence, the RRFB was no longer allowed for new installations due to patent issues. As explained by the FHWA, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), […]

Q&A with Michael Sanderson, ITE President

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Michael Sanderson, PE, PTOE is the President/CEO of the award-winning Montana headquartered Sanderson Stewart consulting firm.  He is also the 2018 President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  He was the driving force behind the wildly successful LeadershipITE program and has served ITE throughout his 22 year career.  I’ve known […]

Traffic Data Collection Tip: Field Work Bins

By Max Moreland, PE Forgetting stuff. It happens all the time. Whether it be your keys, your sunglasses, or your boxed-up leftovers at a restaurant that you had already mentally told yourself would be your lunch for tomorrow, we’ve all left home (or a restaurant) and forgotten to bring something at some point. The same […]

A Review of the Best of What You Missed

We know work gets busy, and sometime there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. We’re here to help! Here are the top articles and video from the first quarter of 2018 that you may have missed. Estimating Trip Generation and Distribution for a Wedding Venue After providing our rough process […]

Stop Sign Compliance Research Findings

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Late last year, we started a research project on evaluating stop sign compliance. Our goal is to determine clear lines between effective and non-effective stop sign locations. After partnering with multiple cities for this initial round of work, the data collection portion of the project is wrapping up. We have […]

How Our Office Collects Person Trip Generation Data

By Max Moreland, PE   Most trip generation data that is collected is vehicle-based and is focused on land uses where there is parking. However, collecting this type of data in urban areas, where parking isn’t abundant and people use multiple modes of transportation, is much more challenging. Yet, having an understanding of how people […]

Cities Take on Heat Island Effect with Cooling Technology

By Hailey Pederson, EIT With temperatures rising around the globe, many public agencies are looking for ways to lower the dreaded “heat island effect” that often plagues major cities. Heat Islands are defined as areas in which there is a significant temperature differentiation between the neighboring urban and rural areas. That difference can be as […]