The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) defines traffic calming as “changes in street alignment, installation of barriers, and other physical measures to reduce traffic speeds and/or cut-through volumes, in the interest of street safety, livability, and other public purposes.”
Athens-Clarke County Neighborhood Traffic Management Program
The purpose of the Athens-Clarke County Neighborhood Traffic Management Program is to reduce accidents, traffic volumes and/or speeds; thereby improving pedestrian safety and creating more pleasant neighborhoods for the citizens of Athens-Clarke County.
Below, please find some methods of traffic calming in which Athens-Clarke County has utilized for our Neighborhood Traffic Management Program:
RUBBERIZED SPEED HUMPS
Highly reflective, pre-formed, and portable rubber speed humps.Compression molded 100% recycled synthetic and natural rubber composite
For every section of rubberized speed humps, 5 tires are recycled.
On Valleywood Drive and Ansley Drive are 10 rubberized speed humps, which equates to approximately 9800 tires that were recycled (may be more as those humps were 22 feet wide).
ACC Mayor & Commission recently approved two 20' speed humps for Calhoun Drive. There will be 1960 tires not going to a Landfill and recycled.
Radar speed signs display the speed of oncoming vehicles using highly visible LEDs to make motorists aware when they are driving at unsafe speeds. The data collection software includes the capability to count average, 85th percentile, maximum, and minimum speeds. The signs purchased with the optional solar panel, provide reduced energy costs.
Radar signs are presently located on College Avenue, Hill Street/Plaza, S. Homewood Drive, and King Avenue. The Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission recently approved two radar signs for Mulberry Street.
The Athens-Clarke NTMP strives to utilize all types of traffic calming devices to address neighborhood concerns. ACC recognizes that a "one device fits all" approach is not desirable, and the program specifically encourages each neighborhood to develop a traffic calming solution that addresses their specific needs.
For more information on the Athens-Clarke County Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Policy, please click NTMP link below.