City of Albuquerque Tests Walkability Improvement

Over the past ten years, there has been a renewed interest in urban revitalization by many cities. The goal is to drive new economic opportunities in the heart of their downtown areas. At the same time, this renewed interest in the downtown areas has challenged the previous “auto-centric” design of the transportation systems that focused […]

Crash Analysis: Intersection Crash Rate

Guest post by Jonah Finkelstein, EIT Spack Consulting With the definitions discussed in Crash Analysis Definitions, we can now look into some of the tools provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to help analyze crash rates around the state. This blog post will focus on MnDOT’s tool for intersection crashes known as the […]

Improving Pedestrian Crossings Case Studies

Pedestrian Crossings on a Corporate Campus and at a Grocery Store

A company’s greatest resources are generally its employees and its customers. While much emphasis is placed on providing customers with an exceptional product or service and providing employees with benefits that enhance their overall experience, it is important to not overlook the everyday elements that contribute to customer and employee satisfaction. The last thing any […]

4-Way Stop vs. Roundabout – MythBusters Experiment

MythBusters set up an experiment to determine which intersection works better – 4 Way Stop Signs or Roundabouts – check out the ten minute video below. Experiment Setup In a parking lot with barrels Single lane approaches at four legged intersection Show driver which way to go (left, through, right) as they pull up to the […]

Strict Speed Limits – Ignoring the 85th Percentile

Australia’s Take on Speed Limits

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. We’ve previously examined the 85th percentile speed and how it is used in Minnesota and many other places to set the speed limits on roads. Essentially, we take a survey of existing speeds and set the road speed limit at the point 85 percent […]

Crash Analysis Definitions

Guest post by Jonah Finkelstein, EIT Spack Consulting Driver and pedestrian safety is one of the most important considerations during planning and evaluation of a roadway network. A crash analysis is an integral part of a safety analysis and are often completed at intersections and corridors. The crash analysis can help assess concerns and help […]

Local Data Proves Best Again – Trip Generation at Hotels

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. A key initiative of Mike on Traffic and Spack Consulting is to actively share our traffic engineering data and knowledge with others in the transportation industry. Over the last several years we have shared our local trip generation data through TripGeneration.org and […]

Two-Stage Turn Boxes for Bicyclists

Guest post by Jonah Finkelstein, EIT Spack Consulting For the less experienced bicyclist, navigating a busy roadway can be a challenge, even with the addition of designated cycle tracks. The cycle track separates the bicyclist from a vehicle lane, however does not address the issue of making safe turning movements across multiple vehicle lanes without […]

2016 Mike On Traffic Reader Survey Results

The 2016 MikeOnTraffic subscriber survey results are in!  Here’s a chart of the top work issues in our field: Three key areas standout from this year’s survey: Trip Generation Everyday work challenges (Business Issues  and  Time Management / Talent Management categories) Politics / Bureaucracy (which includes the Politics / bureaucracy and Dealing with Agencies categories) […]

Interview with Kirk Steudle, Director of Michigan Department of Transporation

Kirk Steudle, PE, the Director of the Michigan DOT, was recently named to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Future Interstate Study Committee.  This honor/responsibility is a continuation of the many positions he has held within the Michigan DOT as well as numerous leadership positions within transportation industry organizations.  I’ve seen Kirk speak […]