Regina, SK installed premanufactured concrete slabs, Traffic Calming curbs, to replace speed bumps
The City of Regina replaced existing traditional speed bumps with premanufactured concrete slabs called Traffic Calming (TC) curbs at two local crosswalks. TC curbs improve neighbourhood safety by reducing vehicle speeds, improving yielding behaviours at intersections, and shortening the crossing distance for pedestrians. The city will review potential locations for installing more TC curbs in the future.
Snohomish County, WA provides real-time updates on road maintenance with Road Closure Map
The interactive map shows county roads that have recently reopened or are currently closed for repairs. Public works staff place red dots on exact work locations and green dots on areas that were just repaired. Each dot is clickable for an estimated completion time and reasons for closure. Snohomish County issues real-time updates Monday through Thursday and during weather emergencies. The Road Closure Map will evolve as part of the county's Continuous Improvement Process.
Snohomish County, WA
Leeds City Council, GB launched Operation Supporting Partnership Action to Reduce Road Casualties
Leeds City Council partnered with West Yorkshire Police to launch Operation Supporting Partnership Action to Reduce Road Casualties (SPARC). The SPARC traffic enforcement programme deployed policing units to patrol the city specifically monitoring dangerous driving behaviors. The programme targets drivers who are speeding, using mobile devices, or suspected to be under the influence. The goal of the program is make local roads safer and to support the Neighbourhood Policing Teams initiative.
Leeds City Council, GB
Birmingham City Council, GB partnered with Voi to launch a one-year trial of e-scooters
Birmingham City Council partnered with Voi to launch an e-scooter trial in the region for one year. The e-scooters will be accessible to the public in the city centre and they will be allowed on any road with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. The e-scooters will not be permitted to go over 15.5 mph on roads or over 5 mph in pedestrian areas. The Council designed the trial to encourage e-scooter travel as a healthier environmentally-friendly alternative to car travel on short journeys.
Birmingham City Council, GB
Westminster, CO gains insights into traffic problems with help of Intelligent Intersections system
The city received a free six-month trial of the smart traffic system as a winner of the 2020 Parsons Smart Cities Challenge. City officials selected Sheridan Boulevard for the pilot because of its heavy traffic volume. Intelligent Intersections uses Westminster's traffic sensor network to analyze 12 metrics including stop light arrivals and pedestrian delays. The platform recommends traffic light intervals that ease traffic jams and reduce idled vehicle emissions.
London Borough of Ealing, GB is introducing nine Low Traffic Neighbourhoods on residential streets
London Borough of Ealing is introducing nine Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) to discourage and minimise traffic in residential streets bordered by main roads. The LTNs are designed to limit through-traffic, reduce air pollution, decrease the number of vehicle collisions, and increase community activity. The range of measures being implemented at the LTNs include bollards, speed humps, double yellow lines, cycle parking, reduced speed limits, etc.
London Borough of Ealing, GB
West Palm Beach, FL selects Rosemary Square for participation in Coord Smart Zone pilot
Seven locations on Rosemary Avenue and Hibiscus Street are participating in the pilot. Delivery drivers use the Coord app to reserve and book loading areas in these Smart Zones. West Palm Beach can adjust the price and availability of loading areas in each Zone to manage traffic flows. The Smart Zone pilot will assess how Coord impacts downtown commerce, commuting experiences, and parking management.
West Palm Beach, FL
Colwood, BC is using Bluetooth technology to monitor traffic flow and inform transportation planning
The City of Colwood is using Bluetooth technology to monitor traffic flow and inform transportation planning. The monitoring system tags anonymous Bluetooth signals from cell phones and in-car systems to provide real-time data including travel routes, travel times, and average vehicle speed. The city spent approximately $100,000 installing and operating eight detective devices in strategic traffic locations in order to provide convenient and reliable traffic information to the public.
North Vancouver, BC installed new 10-minute curbside pickup zones to help businesses during COVID-19
The City of North Vancouver installed a number of new curbside pickup zones as part of the Open Streets program. These 10-minute zones were designed to help local businesses by providing customers with quick and easy access from their vehicles. The city created these zone specifically due to the increase in take-out services and curbside pickup options resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The city published maps online detailing the locations of all of its curbside pickup zones.
North Vancouver, BC
Cumbria County Council, GB launched an online booking system for its local household waste centres
Cumbria County Council launched an online booking system for its local Household Waste Recycling Centre sites to reduce traffic in the surrounding areas. Residents must use the online booking system to pre-schedule a 30-minute timeslot before disposing waste at the sites. The roads and sites were overwhelmed with traffic due to the increased demand for waste disposal following the COVID-19 lockdowns. Requiring appointments allowed the city to maintain safe social distancing at the sites.
Cumbria County Council, GB
Richmond, BC is piloting a more sustainable form of road paving using 40% recycled asphalt
The City of Richmond partnered with Lafarge Canada to pilot a more sustainable form of road paving using higher levels of recycled asphalt. The city's High Recycled Asphalt Pavement Project has paved a section of local road stretching over 3.2 kilometers using 40% recycled material. The road will be closely monitored to address potential quality control challenges. The project was designed to produce confidence in roads paved using more than the previous 10% limit of recycled material.
Coquitlam, BC created digital parking signage to display real-time parking availability
The City of Coquitlam created digital parking signage to display real-time parking availability. The signs use fiber optic technology to detect and display the exact number of empty parking spots. When the parking area is full the signs direct drivers to the nearest available parking area. The signs were designed to improve driver and pedestrian safety, reduce illegal parking, and improve traffic conditions.