Traffic Calming: Designing for Safer Roads and Livable Places
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
- Provide an overview of the holistic neighbourhood traffic planning and design while review their challenges, effectiveness and success strategies.
- Understand the most common principles, planning process, design techniques of traffic calming measures, techniques and application process
- Analysis of various types of tools, details of redesign components and program deployment and implementation with in-class case studies, applications and completing area plans and design of near participants living places.
Traffic calming techniques uses physical design and other measures to reduce negative impacts of vehicle such as reducing excessive traffic speed and cut-through volume, alter driver behaviour and improve overall safety benefits for non-motorists like pedestrians, micromobility users and cyclists on residential streets and community paces. This course covers methods and best practices of traffic calming used by professional planners, engineers, and consultants/researchers. A key objective of this course is to help you become better planning and designing traffic calming measures using industry standards and guidelines.
The intended audience is anyone who is responsible for receiving complaints or inquiries about speeding and/or cut-through traffic issues and develop plans for municipal projects as a consultant and practitioners. This includes engineers, public works superintendents, municipal managers, planners, etc. Law enforcement and elected officials may also benefit from this course.
The course is broadly divided in three parts
Part 1: This course introduces how a municipality, consultants and practitioners can establish a traffic calming program for their roadways to increase safety and accessibility. The course starts with the definition of traffic calming, fundamental of various concept and approaches. It will describe traffic calming purpose, and its relationship to other transportation initiatives (like complete streets and context sensitive solutions). Effects of application, potential challenges and benefits for all types of street users including truck-dependent, emergency services and other critical services affected by the traffic calming measures
Part 2: This section of the course focuses on the developing traffic calming program, strategies and steps for planning, design, application, implementation, effectiveness of the various types of traffic calming devices. This part will discuss considerations for their appropriate application, including effects and design and installation specifics. Research on the effects of traffic calming measures on mobility and safety for passenger vehicles, emergency response, public transit, waste collection vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists will be provided to understand the broader effectiveness of traffic calming measures.
Part 3: This section will focus on the practical application of case studies of traffic calming measures on area or neighbourhoods selected by participants. Class could be divided into two or three groups. Illustrations and photographs of different types of traffic calming measures will assist to think about applying tools to heir selected areas. Examples and case studies of both comprehensive traffic calming programs and neighborhood-specific traffic calming plans will assist perform the class exercise. Participants will subsequently complete applying tools, potential design components, and complete case studies.
- Introduction to traffic calming concept
- Fundamental of traffic calming
- Introduction to traffic calming toolbox
- Effects of traffic calming on reducing negative impacts of vehicle, passengers and non-automobile street users
- Planning for Traffic calming: Developing effective traffic strategies
- Data collection, measurement, analysis techniques for data digging
- Identifying measures, warrant, locations for application of traffic calming
- Street design and traffic engineering tools to implement traffic calming program
- Evaluation of traffic calming measures, cost effectiveness, funding sources
- Class exercise for traffic calming cases, application method,
- Off-site class exercise for neighbourhood traffic calming project planning and design
Who Should Attend:
Planners • Municipal Engineers • Law enforcement • Community leaders, decision makers and politicians • Supervisors • Managers • Construction Managers • Educators • Students
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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
- Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.
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