Traffic Corner Tuesday Registration Page

Traffic Corner Tuesday

How to Set up an Effective Counting Program

Date: March 26th, 2019

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Central Time (1:30 – 2:00 pm Eastern)

Dr. Atul Gawande’s classic The Checklist Manifesto is a must read for all engineers. He nails down how important it is for all professionals to have a process they follow every time in order to consistently deliver their important work. And for us traffic engineers, we know that traffic count data is the cornerstone of our transportation engineering profession. This next Traffic Corner Tuesday will help you learn best practices for developing and implementing a traffic data collection program.

Meet Your Hosts of Traffic Corner Tuesday


Mike Spack. PE, PTOE

Mike’s a renowned traffic engineer who has been in the business since 1994 with the mission to help traffic engineers, transportation planners, and other transportation professionals improve our world. He’s founded (and is currently the president of) four industry related companies: Spack Consulting, Traffic Data Inc, CountingCars.com, Spack Academy. Mike uses his decades of experience and the MikeonTraffic platform to create insightful, relevant content you can put to work in your professional life.

Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE

Bryant Ficek is the VP of Spack Consulting  where he uses his requisite knowledge, skill, and ability in the specialized application of traffic engineering to work as an impartial expert to determine the most appropriate traffic options. Since beginning his career in 1998, Bryant has worked with private and public clients, assisting projects from initial concept through implementation and construction. He is co-author of the Traffic Study Manual, and routinely looks for—and participates in—research and teaching opportunities to help advance the field.

Upcoming Traffic Corner Tuesday Webinars

Date

Webinar Title

Registration Link

March 26, 2019

How to Set up an Effective Counting Program

Dr. Atul Gawande’s classic The Checklist Manifesto is a must read for all engineers. He nails down how important it is for all professionals to have a process they follow every time in order to consistently deliver their important work. And for us traffic engineers, we know that traffic count data is the cornerstone of our transportation engineering profession. This next Traffic Corner Tuesday will help you learn best practices for developing and implementing a traffic data collection program.

April 23, 2019

Introducing The Spack Way Transportation Schema

As part of our continuing mission  to improve transportation globally, we’ve developed a roadmap for communities to create and maintain a healthy transportation system.  Join us for our next Traffic Corner Tuesday to learn about this new schema and provide your feedback.

May 28, 2019

Transportation Impact Study Policies

The Ozarks Transportation Organization hired us to develop a comprehensive Transportation Impact Study Policy for their region.  We performed an audit of their existing policies and guidelines, developed a comprehensive policy (including tiered parameters, examples, checklists and guides), and presented the results to city staff and elected officials in the region.  We will cover all of these details and lessons learned in our upcoming Traffic Corner Tuesday webinar.

June 25, 2019

How to Set up an Effective Traffic Study Process

As mentioned before, Dr. Atul Gawande’s classic The Checklist Manifesto is a must read for all engineers, as the book covers how vital it is for professionals to have a consistent process for delivering their work, every single time.

Traffic studies are done at almost every level of government to determine the transportation impacts of developments and plan for future transportation improvements. This next Traffic Corner Tuesday will help you learn best practices for developing and implementing a complete traffic study process.

July 23, 2019

CountLink1 new product and capabilities

Having staff work on busy roads is one of the riskiest things we do in our industry.  Jurisdictions around the world are starting to question why we have staff bending over on busy roads to install tubes/hoses for pneumatic tube counters.  

Based on a collaboration with MnDOT staff who were mandated to use temporary lane closure methodologies to install tube counters (driving the cost to install them into thousands of dollars per count), we at CountingCars.com developed the inexpensive COUNTlink device which we are billing as the “tubeless” tube counter. Learn all about the COUNTLINK 1 device capabilities in this month’s Traffic Tuesday.

August 27, 2019

School Site Assessment

School is almost back in session for the majority of  kids across the United States. This is the perfect time of year to review traffic flow around and on schools campuses to see if safety or efficiency improvements could be made.  Tune in for this month’s Traffic Tuesday to hear about interesting case studies and the general process we use for reviewing traffic and pedestrian flow for school campuses.

September 24, 2019

How to Save Time & Money with Video Counting

If you do more than a couple of turning movement counts per year, you could most likely stand to save some time and money by doing the counts with portable video cameras. Join September 24th’s Traffic Tuesday to learn how you can utilize cost-effective and time-saving video technology in your traffic data collection process.

October 22, 2019

Traffic Data / Signal Timing/ Travel Demand Model Integration

As part of “The Spack Way” transportation system schema, we uncovered a significant inefficiency in how jurisdictions collect and utilize their transportation data.  Tune into October 22nd’s Traffic Tuesday to learn more about what we discovered.

November 26, 2019

Sight Distance – The Biggest Return on Investment Analysis often Overlooked

It amazes us how often we encounter substandard sight distance. Issues like poor sight distance often leads to safety problems that need to be identified, and then usually solved with an inefficient band-aid solution...like more stop signs.  This month’s Traffic Tuesday is going to address these overlooks, and show you how you can implement sight distance checks into your processes, do the calculations, and convince others of their importance.

December 17, 2019

Benefits of Cities having a Transportation Engineer on Retainer

“Who, not How” is a mantra we’ve developed in across our companies. We don’t try to be experts in everything we do; instead, we work to partner with other experts who can help us.  In that spirit, many communities and cities can benefit by having a seasoned traffic engineer on staff, but they don’t have enough work to justify the expense. This often leads to the traffic engineer getting stuck with things like right-of-way permitting (which was my experience as a city traffic engineer), or the city hires a severely inexperienced traffic engineer, or worse yet - they just nix the traffic engineer altogether and muddle through traffic issues with whoever is closest.

There is a different model.  Cities can hire a part-time traffic engineer on retainer to build and implement processes. Learn more about the advantages and benefits in upcoming webinar.

Previous Traffic Corner Tuesday Recordings

Date

Webinar Title

Watch Again

Aug. 28, 2018

Traffic Corner Webinar | School Circulation Plan Case Study 2018

Dec 18, 2018

Traffic Corner Webinar | Site Plan Review Case Studies

Feb 26, 2019

Traffic Corner Webinar | State of the Industry/Ask The Experts

Jan 22, 2019

Traffic Corner Webinar | Ten Ways To Maximize Your Interns Time

Jul. 17, 2018

Traffic Corner Webinar | Common Traffic Counting Mistakes (and How You Can Avoid Them)

Nov 20, 2018

Traffic Corner Webinar | Neighborhood Traffic Calming Experiment with Before/After Data

Oct. 23, 2018

Traffic Corner Webinar | Traffic Engineering Advantages of 48 Hour Turning Movement Counts

Sep. 18, 2018

Traffic Corner Webinar | Speeds on Residential Streets - 25 vs 30 mph Speed Limits

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