SOURCE: Traffic Logix

Traffic Logix

August 19, 2009 14:38 ET

Traffic Calming Is Flourishing in the Greater Toronto Area With the Help of Traffic Logix Solutions

RICHMOND HILL, ON--(Marketwire - August 19, 2009) - In the suburbs of Toronto, speeding cars are raising growing concerns. But many local municipalities have found that Traffic Logix has just the solutions they need.

In Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto, residents of High Tech Rd. complained of speeding and cut through traffic. High Tech is a four lane road with a mix of residential and commercial properties. To the South there are many big-box stores such as Sam's Club, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Winners, while to the North there is residential housing. In addition, the road runs parallel to Highway 7 and is used as a cut through by commuters avoiding traffic.

Generally, Richmond Hill addresses speeding concerns with a weekly program where radar boards on trailer units are rotated to different roadways. However, with High Tech Rd., the city saw the need for a more long-term solution. In addition, the radar boards the city was using were used solely as an education tool. The basic signs did not include a data collection feature and provided no feedback on driver behavior.

George Chau, the traffic engineer for Richmond Hill, considered several radar speed signs before deciding on purchasing Traffic Logix signs. "It basically came down to price and functionality," Mr. Chau commented. "We liked the Traffic Logix sign features and contacted other municipalities that were using the signs. People were really happy with them."

The variable message signs that the city purchased flash different messages which can be changed based on driver behavior. The data collection software includes the capability to count average, 85th percentile, maximum, and minimum speeds. "The statistical information the signs provide is pretty all inclusive. We're really enjoying that," said Mr. Chau.

He also commented on the clear and vibrant quality of the LEDs and their ability to catch the driver's eye. The signs were purchased with the optional solar panel, which provides reduced energy costs. It also means the city doesn't have to find a nearby utility location or get a contractor to hook the signs up.

A pre and post study done on High Tech Rd. found a significant drop in vehicle speed. The 85th percentile speed was reduced from 66 km per hour to 52, while the average speed was reduced from 58 km/hr to 43. The city councilor, Godwin Chan, was quite pleased with the results and expressed interest in using the signs as a long-term solution instead of speed humps.

Since the High Tech Rd. installation, the city has purchased an additional two signs from Traffic Logix. They envision using each of the signs for six months and then rotating them to alternate locations. The High Tech Rd. signs will probably be moved to a local community center while the new ones will be placed on a residential two lane road.

"When people from the neighborhood call the city, they often comment on how much they like the radar signs," said Mr. Chau.

Traffic Logix radar signs and recycled rubber traffic calming solutions are also being used in the Toronto vicinity by Ajax, Burlington, Guelph, Halton Hills, Kingston, Niagara Falls, Oakville, and Waterloo.

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