Traffic management is easily one of the most discussed and problematic topics nowadays. Not only in Australia but around the world traffic cause a major decrease in productivity. If we ever try to measure this loss using numbers, chances are the total figure would be shocking. Traffic management and authorities around the world are constantly working on strategies to alleviate this problem and improve the efficiency of traffic.
Below are 4 must have strategies that every city must implement if they want to move into the smart city era.
Swept Path Analysis
This is one of the most important strategies in any traffic management planner. A swept path analysis is the analysis of vehicle movement. It assists in calculating the movement of a vehicle and its parts when it takes a turn. Initially this analysis was done manually and therefore wasn’t accurate at all. However nowadays there are automated software that conducts this analysis to a certain accuracy.
A swept path analysis can be used to properly plan building layouts in the city and ensure proper motion of traffic.
Smart Installation of Traffic Signals
If you take Melbourne and count the number of cars in the city, the resulting figure would be staggering. As the population increase, this number will only increase. With this increase most traffic authorities cannot properly manage traffic lights in real time.
The solution for this is simple, smart traffic lights. Almost all devices nowadays are smart and have algorithms that assists in decision making. Similarly, intelligent traffic lights have automated code which work with real time traffic data. They are able to adjust the time car spend idling but assessing traffic conditions.
Data is fed to the control devices using multiple sensors.
Traffic Impact Assessment
TIA or Traffic Impact Assessment is a vital strategy that increases management efficiency when it comes to ceaseless road traffic. TIA is the analysis of how planned developmental activities will affect current traffic conditions and how this impact can be mitigated.
A traffic impact assessment allows for better land and fund for city development purposes and also highlights areas that require road improvement.
LATM or Local Area Traffic Management is the procedure where traffic authorities mingle with locals to get to know parking or traffic issues around that area. This helps them come up with solutions that can be targeted directly at those problems rather than a general solution.
Traffic calming also relates to the installation of traffic control devices like roundabouts, seed humps, bulb outs, signs and more.
The increase in traffic problems in urban cities is a pressing issue. Traffic management authorities must come together and brainstorm on permanent solutions to mitigate such issues. The strategies mentioned in this quick read are 4 of the most basic must have strategies in every city. They can help ease congestions and thereby reduce associated costs, increase quality of life and also improve the productivity of the workforce in the urban city.