Roundabouts Are Not a Silver Bullet

How to Know When a Roundabout Is Not the Right Design

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Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. Let’s start with the fact that roundabouts do indeed have many great characteristics and benefits. It’s undeniable that roundabouts can do many positive things. The Benefits of a Roundabout Increase traffic safety Numerous studies have confirmed a significant decrease in injury crashes, particularly fatal […]

Meet Us At the PWX Annual Conference


Several different members of the team will be at the American Public Works Association Annual Conference and Expo on August 28th-31st at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Stop by the booth #2048 to meet us. We love to meet our readers and customers and swap traffic engineering stories. We also have a limited number […]

Simplified Scenario Management with Vistro


Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. If you watched our last video about Vistro, you were able to see a glimpse of how we use the software for scenario management. It’s only a brief portion toward the beginning of the video. Given its importance to our work, this aspect definitely […]

Announcing New Parking Generation Data

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We have done a lot of talking lately about trip generation and how we have been collecting our own local data, as well as getting data from other people around the country. Having all of this trip generation data has been a great benefit to us at Spack Consulting. We’ve been able to use the […]

Ignore Traffic Warrants at Your Own Risk

A Lesson in Ignoring Warrants and City Policies when doing a Traffic Study

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A UPS distribution center was scheduled to break ground a few months after I started as the staff traffic engineer in Maple Grove, Minnesota.  The development project was through the environmental and city approval process before I started working for the city.  A traffic study was prepared for the project the year before by a […]

A New Simple, Universal Address System

What3Words is Revolutionizing the Traditional Address System


Much of the developed world is covered by an addressing system.  For instance, our office is located at 5708 West 36th Street, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, 55416, USA and one of our partners is at Building 46, Second Industrial Estate, Houting, Shajing Street, Baoan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, PRC 518104.  From these examples, you can see […]

Meet Us at ITE 2016 Annual Meeting


Bryant Ficek, Vice President of Spack Consulting and regular contributor to Mike On Traffic will be at the ITE 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibit August 14th – 17th in Anaheim, California. Stop by the booth to meet Bryant. We love to meet our readers and customers and swap traffic engineering stories. We also have a […]

Pocket Guide to Bike Parking


I am excited to share Dero’s Pocket Guide to Bike Parking below.  Dero is a designer/manufacturer of bicycle infrastructure based near us in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  They’re bicycling enthusiasts that travel the world looking for innovative bike ideas.  Like most great companies, they “scratch their own itch.” The Pocket Guide to Bike Parking covers four important […]

Pedestrian Bridges: Safety vs. Convenience


Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. Large roads are great for moving vehicles through an area.  However, if you are a pedestrian, getting across a wide, busy, high speed road can be daunting.  No one wants to play Frogger in real time with real consequences.  Except for maybe […]