Traffic management is the organisation, arrangement, guidance and control of both stationary and moving traffic, including pedestrians, bicyclists and all types of vehicles. Its aim is to provide for the safe, orderly and efficient movement of persons and goods, and to protect and, where possible, enhance the quality of the local environment on and adjacent to traffic facilities. This book is an introduction to traffic management, written in laypersons' language, and assuming no background knowledge of the subject. Various basic traffic characteristics relating to road users, vehicles and roads, and traffic regulation and control, are discussed, including some traffic volume and traffic flow considerations relevant to traffic management. For effective traffic management, it is essential that the practitioner works from factual information. Road inventory and statistical methods, and the more common types of traffic studies, including traffic volume and composition, origin and destination, speed, travel time and delay, accidents and parking are described. "Before and after" studies, and estimation of future traffic are also covered. As a basis for logically applying traffic management techniques it is necessary to develop a classification or hierarchy of all roads to ensure that the primary purpose of each of them is defined, agreed and understood. A functional classification of roads suitable for traffic management purposes, and a process for developing such a system is described. Several chapters go on to discuss various aspects of traffic management, including signing and delineation, pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities, intersections, traffic signals, road capacity, parking, roadside safety and roadway lighting. The objectives of local area traffic management schemes, and a systematic process for developing them are described, and the various techniques that may be used and the principles of design of traffic management devices are summarised. The application of traffic management techniques to rural and urban arterial roads respectively is discussed, emphasising the desirability of treating routes or networks as a whole rather than simply focussing on isolated problem spots. Past and likely future trends in road travel, and various techniques for travel demand management are described. While these sorts of techniques are well known, and their use should be encouraged, they are unlikely to have much effect on travel in Australia at least for the foreseeable future. The important area of traffic enforcement and the associated aspects of education and encouragement are considered. Unless traffic management is logically applied and consistently enforced, it will not be effective. Enforcement must be considered an integral part of traffic management. (TRRL)

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    Hargreen Publishing Company

    144 Chetwynd Street
    North Melbourne, Victoria,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Underwood, R T
  • Publication Date: 1990

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 222 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00620362
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-949905-45-3
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM