Choosing a traffic calming option for a specific area
Choosing the best traffic calming solution requires a lot of planning and can be a hassle. The best options for a traffic calming solution is to go for speed bumps, speed humps, radar speed signs and marked crosswalks. All these different applications can help create the ideal traffic calming solution for a specific area.
Reasons to Go For the Ideal Traffic Calming Solution
The mentioned traffic calming options help in many ways to provide safety and to avoid any obstruction in traffic.
Speed bumps are made from asphalt or plastic which are three feet wide and six inches high. It helps with significantly lowering down the speed of vehicles to five miles per hour and would normally be found in places with low traffic loads and low speed limits as given below.
- Private roads
- Parking lots
- Roads that are not often used by emergency vehicles
- On rare occasions also public roads that have a low traffic flow and speed limit
Speed humps are different from speed bumps. Speed humps are wider than speed bumps and are three inches high. They are measured to be safe for vehicles travelling at fifteen to twenty five miles an hour and slow the speed of a vehicle gently. This gives more use for speed humps for traffic calming solutions which include the following.
- Public Roads
- Private Roads
- Residential Roads with speed limits up to twenty five miles per hour
- Also were speed bumps cannot be used due to regular road maintenance requirements.
Radar speed signs have been great at keeping vehicles at speed limits. It monitors the speed of each passing vehicle using a radar signal and displays it in large letters for the driver to see. Many if not paying attention to the speed are surprised and maintain speed limits while others are left with either guilt or embarrassment. Radar speed signs can be used on any long stretched road but to make it most useful and effective, the right placement is necessary. Below are some points to keep in mind regarding the placement of a Radar Speed Sign.
- It should be used in zones with low speed limits
- Should be kept at least four feet high and within six feet of the road margin
- Make sure to keep it away from anything that might interrupt the signals of the radar
- Best use is at road construction zones and schools.
- It should be kept at least a hundred feet or more from any curves in the road
Marked crosswalks help increase safety for pedestrians. Ideal for downtown streets and school zones where many pedestrians cross the road. From the many ways safety is increased some are mentioned below.
- To avoid vehicles blocking the crossing zone, it is best used with signs or stoplights.
- It helps show pedestrians the best and safest are to cross the road.
- In school zones it is recommended to be used with crossing guards, so students could get the safest path to cross
- To minimize the number of accidents group pedestrians crossing the road from just one marked point helps avoid any hazards.
In situations where there is a wide high traffic road that lacks median, marked crosswalks alone may not be the best solution which is why the following is recommended as ideal for mark crosswalk use.
- Roads that have 12,000 or lesser vehicles per day with four or less lanes and speed limit up to forty miles per hour.
- For roads with higher traffic flow with four or more lanes and a higher speed limit, other safety measures are recommended.
All the mentioned applications can help create a perfect traffic calming solution. You can also combine two or more to provide safer crossing or avoid the risk of traffic obstruction. Contact Florida Transcor, your local safety contractor, to get more information about traffic calming solutions.