Monday, May 18, 2009

Potsdam, Germany - Part 2

One of the things that the officials in Potsdam emphasized was the importance of educating the public about traffic and city planning concepts. When they make a road improvement, they provide public information about why the changes were made.

A key component of their program is a Traffic Accident Commission that includes representatives from Traffic Design, the police and those responsible for construction and maintenance. They analyze high traffic locations or what they call "black spots" and review the crash site in the field for deficiencies. As with road safety audit reviews, they look for short, medium and long-term solutions. Once the solutions have been implemented, they continue to monitor the site to ensure that the problem has been fixed. This may be for a year or more after the improvements are made.

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