10 Simple Road Safety Audits Everyone Can Do


This post is geared to city engineers/public works directors, but please note everyone should be contacting cities about these issues. Cities have a lot of staff, elected officials, and volunteers who drive their streets getting from point A to point B.  Typically, drivers are are just focused on getting to their destination, but drivers are a huge […]

Millennials and the Future of Transportation

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The following infographic demonstrates how the current 15 to 33 year olds really are different when it comes to transportation (thanks to George Bradley with Ohio University for sharing). View the whole infographic here: http://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/millennials-cars-and-the-future-of-transportation/ My daughter Maria is on the young edge of this generation and I’m seeing the difference being played out first hand.  […]

Top 5 Learnings from the 2016 ITE Annual Meeting


Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. The Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Annual Meeting was held in Anaheim, California a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. While primarily there as an exhibitor for CountingCars.com, I did manage to attend a few of the sessions […]

Case Study: Using Traffic Video to Determine Access Management Needs


  Tony Tramel is a traffic engineer, consultant, and former director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation in the Lafayette (Louisiana) Consolidated Government. He has more than 40 years of experience under his belt and has some wild traffic engineering stories to tell. In recent years, Tony has used CountingCars’ equipment to conduct some […]

Temporary Traffic Calming Example


I live in the Sorenson Neighborhood of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  We have a traditional grid street system that was built in the 1930’s.  Major construction on nearby highways have noticeably added traffic to our neighborhood over the last year and a half with the result of Brunswick Avenue becoming used more as a cut-through […]

How I Tamed Chaos at Work and You Can Too


I started as a sole practitioner about 15 years ago.  Managing was pretty simple – look in the mirror and tell myself what to do.  Simple, but not always easy when I was in procrastination mode. Things have changed since then – especially in the last three years.  There are ten of us now at […]

Neighborhood Street Design Guidelines

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The Institute of Transportation Engineers published a fact sheet titled Fact Sheet 6: Designing Avenues and Streets in Residential Areas.  It’s a very good reference for anyone involved with the design of new neighborhoods.  Table 1 shows recommended design element ranges derived from the report based on the location of the neighborhood Table 1 – […]

Does Walk to School Day Actually Work?

A Case Study Comparing Regular School Days vs. Walk to School Days


Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. International Walk to School Day occurs once a year in the fall. On this day, school children from thousands of schools across the world are encouraged to walk or bike to school rather than ride in a vehicle.  There are multiple goals of […]

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 CountingCars.com 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 CountingCars.com booth #2048 to meet us. We love to meet our readers and customers and swap traffic engineering stories. We also have a limited number […]