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Road Diet Webinar: Did you know a road can go on a diet? NEW

Road Diet Webinar: Public Outreach for Road Diets – How do you answer the tough questions? NEW

ROAD DIETS: Policies NEW

How Much Does a Road Diet Cost? NEW

Road Diets: A proven safety Countermeasure that improves safety, livability and access for ALL users (Video) NEW

MYTH BUSTERS: Debunking Road Diet Myths NEW

Did You Know a Road Can Go On a Diet?

Road Diet Frequently Asked Questions

Discussion on Road Diet Policies and Integrating within Existing Agency Policies

This 1.5-hour webinar focused on policies relating to the implementation of Road Diets. In addition to developing a stand-alone Road Diet policy, agencies can also integrate Road Diets within existing policies and safety plans: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p1ve0v0w90s/

Building Safer Routes to School

Road Diets can improve roadway conditions near areas children frequent, like schools and parks. In these locations, safety can be drastically improved for motorists by calming traffic and improving the line of sight for children and drivers alike.

Road Diets Myth Busters

The Road Diet Myth Busters Capacity Flyer debunks the myth that Road Diets reduce capacity. In many cases, Road Diets have no effect on motor-vehicle capacity and often improve the level of service (LOS) for pedestrians and bicyclists. The flyer provides high-level guidance on how to anticipate and mitigate impacts to motor-vehicle operations.

Road Diets and Speed Management

Setting appropriate speed limits is an essential element of highway safety. A rationally determined speed limit is one that is safe, considered appropriate by most drivers, and enforceable. USLIMITS2 provides a fact-based set of decision rules to determine an appropriate speed limit for a specific roadway segment. USLIMITS2 is a user-friendly and logical web-based tool designed to help practitioners set credible, consistent, and enforceable speed limits. As such, USLIMITS2 is a useful tool for road diet applications. USLIMITS2 can be used for a speed study to check if existing speed limit was set appropriately and identify speeding related safety problems when managing speed is one of the purposes for a road diet application. In addition, USLIMITS2 can be used to examine if a different speed limit should be applied after road diet is done.

Road Diet Desk Reference

The Road Diet Desk Reference is a resource to assist transportation agencies during their decision-making process in regards to considering, implementing, and evaluating Road Diet conversions. The information in the document is derived from the Road Diet Informational Guide.

Road Diets Brochure

The Road Diet Brochure describes Road Diets and explains why and by how much they can improve safety. It is a three-fold, front and back, outreach product that can be used as a handed out.

Road Diets Presentation

The Road Diet Presentation introduces the Road Diet Informational Guide and provides an overview of Road Diets. It also includes a Road Diet Case Study in Florida.

Road Diets Presentation Webinar Recording

The Road Diet Presentation Webinar Recording is the Adobe Connect recording of the above Road Diet presentation.

"Going on a Road Diet," article in September/October 2011 Public Roads magazine

The "Going on a Road Diet" article was published in the September/October 2011 Public Roads magazine. It provides an overview of Road Diets and their benefits. It also covers multiple case studies including Edgewater Drive in Orlando, FL and Stone Way North in Seattle, WA.

Road Diet – Free Workshop

Research

Comparison of empirical Bayes and full Bayes approaches for before-after road safety evaluations

This research paper compares CMF values produced by the more common empirical Bayes method to the more complicated full Bayes method. The study uses road segments that were converted from a four-lane to a three-lane cross-section with a two-way left-turn lane.

Crash Reduction Factors for Traffic Engineering and ITS Improvements

This study developed a CMF for converting 4-lane undivided roads to 2-lanes with a center two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL).

The Safety and Operational Effects of Road Diet Conversion in Minnesota

This study developed a CMF for converting 4-lane undivided roads to 2-lanes with a central two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL) in Minnesota. Using multiple years of before and after data from each site, several statistical analyses were performed using both Empirical Bayes and Grouped Comparison procedures.

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