All Traffic Management Blog Posts

A plane takes off above the windshield of a blue car parked at an airport

How Airport Parking Works

Airports started as a simple transfer point between ground and sky. Travelers were often dropped off: parking was scant. Paid parking lots, with security and lighting, were an innovation introduced in the 1950s in Cleveland. As air-travel became common and airports became bustling hubs, these parking lots became a vital

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A cyclist rides in a protected bike lane in Vancouver, BC.

Essential Guide to Safe Bike Infrastructure

Vision Zero is a program intended to bring traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. Municipalities all over the world are participating. Often, these same cities and towns are simultaneously trying to increase active transportation. The goal is to integrate pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and scooters, without increasing traffic conflict.

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Person standing in front of yellow detectable warning plate

Tactile Paving: Attention vs. Guiding Patterns

When crossing the street or boarding a train, you might notice small domes or rounded, slightly raised bars purposefully placed on the ground’s surface. These indicators can be felt underfoot or by cane, and are a form of tactile paving. They are also referred to as ground surface indicators, or

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A view of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour shows towers of residences above a tree-lined seawall

The Case for Placemaking

The old adage says, “there are only three things that matter in real estate: location, location, location.” Of course, a home must be right-sized, comfortable, and well-built to be desirable. Yet if the location is poor, even the nicest business or residence may pique little interest. People often give up

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A gleaming stainless steel handrail lines a ramp to a building

The History of Universal Design

Cities can be difficult places to navigate. The density of people, objects, and information is very high; surfaces are hard; roads are full of fast-moving traffic. People climb stairs and weave around obstacles to get to their destinations. Having a disability increases the challenges presented by a city. Important information

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A shot of people walking over cobblestones with trench grating is overlaid on a nighttime aerial shot of Paris.

Hardscape in Urban Settings

In cities, concrete, tempered glass, and steel dominate the street. Since the Industrial Revolution, these have been the materials of the urban environment. The mechanical properties and structural stability they provide make our current streetscapes possible. Tall buildings, underground utilities, and transportation networks have evolved through their strength. Yet these

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Bright red bollards protect the entrance to a hospital emergency room

Hospital Parking Management

How much parking should be required for new construction? This question is at the forefront in urban planning. City councils are moving toward ride-share programs, public transit, cycling, walking, and local amenities as a way of reducing overall traffic and carbon footprint. To reflect these changing priorities, many municipal codes

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Composite picture: two young urban planners stand before a drawn city map with icons of cost and traffic management

12 Twitter Accounts for Urban Planners

Dipping into Twitter for professional reasons can be a challenge. On one hand, Twitter has a reputation as a dynamic resource, where ideas and events can be shared easily, and conversations happen between people who would otherwise never meet. On the other hand, comment threads can often give way to

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Close up picture of headlight of shiny black car parked on the street at sunset

Parking Lot and Street Parking Orientation

Our transportation infrastructure depends on available parking. Large destinations offer surface lots, streets in front of stores provide parking at the curb, and downtowns are dotted with multi-story parking facilities. The parking stall is so ubiquitous as to be unremarkable, except when the driver is in a hurry and cannot

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Arial view of a city with traffic is overlaid with icons and network showing autonomous car concept

Autonomous Cars and Pedestrian Safety

Modern streets are designed to facilitate a complex transportation system that includes pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and—predominantly—vehicles. As autonomous cars are developed, they’re being taught to work in the street design of today. Yet the speed of their development begs the question: if they become the major form of vehicle

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