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C269
The Effect of Traffic Calming Measures on Pedestrian and Motorist Behavior

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Traffic calming measures are used throughout the United States to lower speed and volumes especially in residential areas. There are many physical treatments that are available as traffic calming measures; they are speed humps, bulbouts, chicanes and traffic circles. Vehicles would have to slow down when approaching these features and they also give the visual impression that the streets where used is not suited for high-speed or cut-through traffic.

By decreasing volume and lowering speed traffic calming measures can result in a safer roadway for pedestrians and other motorists. The traffic calming measures discussed in this course are effective by decreasing cars dominance on the roadway, making the roadways narrower to reduce speed and much more.

This two-hour course will examine the use of traffic calming measures and their effect on pedestrian and motorist behavior.

This course is to read by anyone with an interest in traffic calming, traffic engineering transportation engineering, air pollution, roadway designers, environmental engineers or anyone wanting to know more about traffic calming. After reading this course the student will know several traffic calming measures and how they affect pedestrian and motorist behavior. This information may provide some useful information to the readers and explain some measures that may be present in their community.

The course materials are based solely on the technical report “The Effects of Traffic Calming Measures on Pedestrian and Motorist Behavior” as found on the website of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.


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