Speeding causes many road crashes – and this is the motivation behind a new, free digital tool from the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
The Speed Management for Safety interactive website provides an overview of available resources for evaluating, designing, implementing and enforcing safe speeds, and covers such areas as creating a speed management initiative and road design.
It also hosts a community portal where transport professionals can post questions and case studies or just talk to peers about speed management issues. Participation is open to non-members as well as those who belong to the ITE.
"Higher than desired speeds are a critical factor in many crashes, resulting in fatalities and serious injuries, particularly those involving vulnerable users, such as pedestrians and bicyclists," said Jeff Lindley, ITE chief technical officer. "This resource hub helps transportation professionals gain easy access to tools needed to design and operate roadway facilities to achieve desired speeds."
The site was developed with funding from the Road to Zero Coalition, which aims to eliminate road-related fatalities in the US by 2050.
It forms part of ITE’s wider work on speed management as a way of creating safer roads. The organisation held a national workshop on the subject last November in New York City, with its partner the Vision Zero Network.
• For more information on the new resource hub, go to www.ite.org/technical-resources/topics/speed-management-for-safety