Technical Resources

Speed Management Resources

The following is a listing of the most recent publications for this topic.

ITE Virtual Drop-In Session: Facilities for Active Transportation
Convener: Marvin Ta, Pennoni
Feb 25, 2021
ITE Virtual Drop-In Session: Speed Humps - Should They Simply be Cushions?
Convener: Randy McCourt
Feb 23, 2021
Special ITE Virtual Drop-In Session in Recognition of National Traffic Incident Response Week
Convener: Adam Hopps, NOCoE
Nov 11, 2020
Noteworthy Speed Management Practices Guide
The Noteworthy Speed Management Practices guide provides an avenue of information for practitioners, summarizing eight case studies that highlight noteworthy practices over a range of speed management issues.
Oct 5, 2020
ITE Virtual Drop-In Session: Correlating Crashes with Conflicts using Video Based Road Safety Analytics
Convener: Paul St.-Aubin, Transoft Solutions
Sep 29, 2020
Virtual Drop-In Session: A Look Back at Design Speed
Convener: Paul Mackey, Safe Street/Rue Secure
Jul 23, 2020
Long-Term Effectiveness of Radar Speed Feedback Signs for Speed Management
Speed limit violations are a major public concern, especially along streets near schools and parks where substantial pedestrian/bicycle-to-vehicle conflicts are experienced. To compensate for limited staff and budget resources, public agencies have turned to radar speed feedback signs that measure driver speed compliance with posted speed limits. Roadside equipment like radar speed signs are used to supplement or substitute for enforcement staff.
May 1, 2020
ITE Virtual Drop-In Session: Proposed Changes by the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Devices for Setting Speed Limits
Interactive discussion on setting speed limits
Apr 2, 2020
Sustainable Speed Limits for Urban Streets
All streets are not highways. Allowing and encouraging discretion for urban jurisdictions to set slower speed limits for their local streets would likely improve traffic safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety transit safety, and reduce fuel consumption. It is widely recognized that speed kills and increases all traffic crashes, including injury collisions. High speed traffic negatively impacts the walking and cycling environments, livability, and sustainability. Few pedestrians feel comfortable walking adjacent to high speed traffic and few like to cross streets with high speed traffic.
Nov 1, 2019
A Fresh Look at an Old Problem: Why (& How) Austin is Moving Towards Integrated Strategies in Speed Management
Best Practices in Speed Management
Jul 22, 2019
Challenges and Opportunities of Using Part-Time Shoulder Lanes Along HOT Lanes
Best Practices in Speed Management
Jul 22, 2019
City of Boulder, CO, USA Creates Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program
The city of Boulder, Colorado Transportation Division launched a Neighborhood Speed Management Program (NSMP) geared toward slowing speeds on residential streets in 2018. The city continues to implement the program, which also includes education, enforcement and evaluation to calming traffic on any road classified as a local or collector street in Boulder city limits. The Neighborhood Speed Management Program is incorporated in both the Transportation Master Plan and Vision Zero goals in the city of Boulder, to ensure the program is recognized and achievable.
Jul 3, 2019
A Case Study on Speed Data using Uber Movement Speeds
The Uber Movement website was launched in 2017 with travel times and mobility data, and recently launched Uber Movement Speeds in beta form with 2018 data measuring street speeds. The site provides data from Uber trips to assist engineers and planners in better understanding realtime and continous speeds, of at least Uber vehicles, when considering speed limits or traffic calming measures.
Jul 2, 2019
Setting Speed Limits, a Case Study of USLIMITS2 in Charlotte, NC, USA
Charlotte, NC, USA is one city that has been extensively using USLIMITS2, an expert systems approach to setting speed limits, for the last 10 years. The city of Charlotte, which was experiencing a significant percentage of fatalities attributed to speeding, adopted USLIMITS2 as their standard method for determining speed limits on city-maintained roads.
Jul 2, 2019
Speed Management Action Plan Template Problem: Identification, Solutions, Implementation, Evaluation
Speed Management Action Plan Template Problem: Identification, Solutions, Implementation, Evaluation
Jul 2, 2019
Speeding as a Safety Problem, a Case Study in Richmond, Virginia, USA
According to the Richmond, Virginia, USA Vision Zero Action Plan adopted in 2018, more than one dozen deaths and 2,700 injuries occur on the streets of Richmond, VA annually. The city's Vision Zero Action Plan also states that "speed is recognized and prioritized as the fundamental factor in crash severity." According to the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Richmond Vision Zero Action Plan, from 2011 to 2016, speeding was a factor in 23 percent of crashes in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Jun 27, 2019
Speed Limits: Leading to Change
In January 2019, the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) voted to send a ballot item to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to revise language in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) regarding the setting of speed limits. In January 2018, the NCUTCD established a task force to further understand the recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Reducing Speeding Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles. The task force conducted a survey in the spring of 2018 of the profession to identify practices and attitudes related to setting of speed limits, and 740 professionals completed the survey.
Apr 1, 2019
Speed, Kinetic Energy, and the Safe Systems Approach to Safer Roadways
Thirty-five thousand people die on U.S. roadways each year--the equivalent of a completely full jumbo jet crashing weekly--leaving no survivors.1 The vast majority of these deaths occurred on roadways funded with state and federal dollars and designed according to state and federal guidance or standards. In other words, how we design transportation infrastructure has a direct impact on the unacceptable safety outcomes we have experienced.
Apr 1, 2019
Speeding Away from Zero
Despite the attention devoted to growing roadway threats like distracted driving and drug-impaired driving, speeding remains a persistent crash contributor. We know that higher speeds are tied to increased crash risk and severity. About a third of all U.S. roadway fatalities are related to speeding, and this proportion has remained static for decades. We cannot get close to zero traffic fatalities without addressing speed. Often, speeding is considered as an accepted risk on roads rather than being a top safety problem to be solved.
Apr 1, 2019
When Transportation Professionals Safely Manage Speeds--A Showcase of Data-Driven Speed Management Practices
Transportation professionals all over the United States are transforming streets to encourage safer speeds in order to reduce serious injuries and fatalities. The engineering leg of the three "Es" stool must take into consideration a twofold approach--design of streets and setting safe speed limits. There are many factors transportation professionals must consider when designing for speed management, from corridor mobility to state enabling legislation to project budget to pedestrian safety
Apr 1, 2019