Prototyping Process Applied to Road Improvements

Minimum Viable Product – It’s all the rage in Silicon Valley.  Basically, get the first generation of a product out as fast as possible so you can get feedback from customers, improve the product by iterating, and work on growth.  Through my work at, I’ve learned a lot about the product world in the last […]

Guide For Responding to Citizen Traffic Requests

Through discussions with several of our city clients, I stumbled on the idea of creating a guide that would lay out procedures for handling common traffic related requests.  The document will include “swipe files” – draft emails and other documents that a city employee could use for their communications (with just minor modifications for the specific request). […]

Announcing New Lithium-Ion COUNTcam that Records Traffic for 200 Hours

I’m very excited to announce two new COUNTcam traffic video recorder models: the COUNTcam 100 and the COUNTcam 200. Continuing with our naming tradition, the COUNTcam 100 records for 100 hours and the COUNTcam 200 records for 200 hours (over 1 full week). We started from scratch and redesigned the electronics  to use lithium ion-batteries instead of lead acid batteries.  Our […]

Top Seven Benefits of Converting One-Way Couplets to Two-Way Streets

Based on this summary of academic work by Dr. John Gilderbloom, converting one way streets to two-way streets improves the livability in neighborhoods by: Reducing Crime Reducing Collisions Increasing Property Values Increasing Business Revenue/Taxes Increasing Bicycling Traffic Increasing Pedestrian Traffic Increasing Vehicle Circulation Dr. Gilderbloom’s research is consistent with Minneapolis’ experience of converting the Hennepin […]

The Dos and Dont’s of Access Management

The Minnesota Department of Transportation defines access management as “the planning, design and implementation of land use and transportation strategies in an effort to maintain a safe flow of traffic while accommodating the access needs of adjacent developments.” In plain English, access management is the practice of limiting driveway or street intersections on a road […]

Trip Generation for Smart Growth Projects in California

Researchers at UC Davis have published an interesting article on “smart growth” trip generation (what a great term folks coined, it implies everything else is “dumb growth”).  Check it out HERE. The methodology looks sound, and is typical of late, picks on ITE’s Trip Generation data.  Below is a chart from the Access Magazine article that highlights how […]

What are Restricted Crossing U-Turn Intersections?

A Restricted Crossing U-Turn, or RCUT, intersection is an intersection design that restricts left turns at an intersection, but allows the same movement downstream via a u-turn. The RCUT falls under a group of strategies often referred to as conflict point management. The goal of an RCUT is to restrict or relocate certain movements to improve […]

Buddhist Temple Case: Traffic Study for a Special Event

We’ve been contacted by an architect whose designing a modest expansion to a Buddhist Center that’s located on a secluded site outside of the metro area.  The center has submitted an application to slightly expand their building and its been brought up that they hold a couple of events a year on Saturdays that draw a […]