To introduce traffic engineering concepts and fundamentals.
- Learning Outcomes
- On successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Evaluate the role of human capabilities and vehicle characteristics in relation to road usage.
2. Apply the principles of traffic flow theory.
3. Appraise and evaluate traffic management techniques and plan and evaluate a range of traffic surveys.
4. Appraise the design of at grade intersections for selected situations.
5. Appraise the principles and techniques of road safety analysis in practical contexts.
6. Appraise the design factors relating to traffic facilities for non-motor vehicle road users and public transport.
- Human capabilities and vehicle characteristics
• Vehicle flow characteristics, traffic distributions, traffic modelling.
• Levels of service, road capacity, road hierarchy, access and movement functions, traffic impact assessment, traffic calming, parking facilities.
• Purpose and method of various traffic surveys.
• Intersection design fundamentals and practice. Design of traffic signal, roundabout and priority controlled intersections.
• Safe System approach to road safety. Accident prevention and reduction, accident investigation procedures and analyses, road safety audits.
• Traffic facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport
• Traffic growth and traffic forecasts, traffic surveys
• Levels of service, road capacity, traffic flow characteristics and modelling, road hierarchy, access and movement functions, traffic impact assessment, Traffic calming, parking facilities
• Intersection design fundamentals and practice, at grade intersection design
• Accident prevention and reduction, accident investigation procedures and analyses, road safety audits
• Types and characteristics of non-vehicle road users, methods to reduce passenger vehicle road usage, sustainable transport modes, alternatives to roading, advantages and disadvantages resulting from a decrease in vehicle usage