DESIGNING SPEED CONTROLLED SUBDIVISIONS WITHOUT ROAD HUMPS

Traffic calming is a popular topic for transportation planners and engineers as they try to make subdivisions more livable. A common and simple traffic calming approach is to construct road humps, traffic barriers, and unnecessary stop signs. Unfortunately, these kinds of measures are often viewed as negative by drivers who are not speeders and sometimes lead to drivers ignoring important traffic control devices. Emergency services providers, especially ambulances, are severely impacted by speed controlling road humps. More driver-friendly solutions are needed. This paper reports on the results of a 3-year local planning effort in Boise, Idaho, to plan for speed control in subdivision designs. The list of strategies included reduced street cross sections, curvilinear street alignments, shorter block lengths, and the installation of chokers and islands. The discussion outlines the city's trials and experiences. A summary table is also included.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 5p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00770232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication No. CD-006
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 16 1999 12:00AM