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FHWA Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

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LESSON 11: TRAFFIC CALMING (INSTRUCTOR'S NOTES)

Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Cite the goals and objectives of traffic calming.
  2. Describe the issues related to traffic calming.
  3. List several types of traffic-calming devices, along with some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.

Pre-Instruction:

Components

Activities

Motivation

Ask the class to present the results of their search to locate a local example of traffic calming. Ask them to report on the details they collected about the device (e.g., a dimensioned sketch) and give their critique of the device's effectiveness.

Objectives

Present and explain the three lesson goals listed above (V-11-1).

Information Presentation:

Components

Activities

Information Sequence

Outline the presentation of the lecture (V-11-2).

Information

Discuss the need for traffic calming.

List and describe the goals and objectives of traffic calming (V-11-3 and V-11-4).

Discuss the issues related to traffic calming (V-11-5).

Discuss the different types of traffic-calming devices and the advantages and disadvantages of each (V-11-5 through V-11-8).

Example(s)

Show examples (e.g., slides, videotape) of the different types of traffic-calming devices.

Student Participation:

Components

Activities

Practice

Use one of the activities provided in the Student's Guide.

Feedback

Provide comment and feedback to the class as appropriate.

Follow-Up:

Components

Activities

Enrichment

Assign reading for Lesson 12.

Have the students review and critique the latest version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as it relates to accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists in work areas.

Review

Provide a summary of Lesson 11 (V-11-9).

Exercise

Ask the students to complete the exercise at the end of Lesson 9 in their workbooks. This exercise is reprinted below for your convenience.

11.5 Exercise

Do one of the following exercises

  1. Choose a site-specific location (such as two to three blocks of a local street) where fast traffic or short cuts are a problem. Conduct a site analysis to determine problems. Prepare a detailed site solution that incorporates several traffic-calming devices. Illustrate with drawings and describe the anticipated changes in traffic speed.
  2. Prepare a traffic-calming solution for an entire neighborhood or downtown area that illustrates an area-wide approach to slowing traffic. Conduct a site analysis to determine problem areas. Illustrate your solutions and describe the anticipated changes in traffic speed and flow.

Lesson Objectives:

Lesson Outline:

Goals and Objectives of Traffic Calming:

Goals and Objectives of Traffic Calming (continued):

Traffic-Calming Issues:

Types of Traffic Calming Devices:

Combination Devices:

Combination Devices (continued):

Lesson Summary:

 

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