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. […]

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 […]

Maximum Volumes for Roundabouts

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Our various initiatives across Spack Enterprise have given us a wide customer base and contacts across the world. We often receive questions or comments from our clients or readers and are happy to provide a quick thought or comment. Here’s a recent one we received: “Is there a maximum traffic […]

Bicycle Trail Roundabout

By Jonah Finkelstein, EIT The benefits of roundabouts have been an extensively written on topic here at MikeOnTraffic. While completing research for the various roundabout topics, we also discovered an interesting application of roundabouts outside of common practice – the bicycle trail roundabout. This roundabout is exactly what the name indicates, a miniature roundabout utilized […]

Diverging Diamond Interchange Primer

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Motorists drive through the Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDI) on the left side of the road, which converts all turns into reduced conflict curbside turns.  Curbside left turns result in more capacity and better safety performance at locations with heavy traffic compared to traditional diamond interchanges.  This post provides background, benefits, […]

Designing for All Modes of Travel

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE I attended a North Central Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers section meeting in 2009.  It was a panel discussion on “Complete Streets.”  The general idea is to balance service to private vehicles, transit users, bicycles, and pedestrians through the design of our transportation systems. Traditionally, vehicles have been […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Closer Look: The Development of wayCOUNT Road Tube Counter

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE A unique aspect of CountingCars.com 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 […]