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Speed Management ePrimer for Rural Transition Zones and Town Centers

This Speed Management ePrimer for Rural Transition Zones and Town Centers is a free, online resource openly available for public use. The ePrimer presents a review of speeding-related safety issues facing rural communities, along with the basic elements required for data collection, information processing, and countermeasure selection by rural transportation professionals and community decision-makers. The ePrimer is presented in six distinct modules developed to allow the reader to move between each to find the desired information, without a cover-to-cover reading. The ePrimer presents:

  • a definition of speeding and speed management, its importance, and its relationship to the goals and challenges (e.g., resource constraints) faced by many rural communities;
  • Illustrations and photographs of 14 types of speed management countermeasures, particularly suited for rural transition zones and town centers;
  • considerations for their appropriate application, including effects and design and installation specifics;
  • research on the mobility and safety effects of speed management countermeasures for passenger cars and commercial trucks, pedestrians and bicyclists, and agricultural vehicles which frequent roadways in and around many rural communities;
  • case studies that cover effective processes used to plan and define a rural community speed management program or project, and assessments of the effects of individual and series of speed management countermeasures.