Putting some numbers to our community advocacy
It yet another sign that I’ve slipped into traffic geekdom, I’m slightly drooling at the thought of a TrafficCOM at the MyWHaT disposal.
TrafficCom is only $139
Last week Atlantic Cities highlighted a device that will help democratize information used by traffic planners and engineers. The little gizmo measures everything currently measured by much more expensive tools–volume, rate, and speed–at an entry cost of $139.00.
At that price, it offers an opportunity for a more open source approach to transportation planning. As well, now, if you aren’t satisfied with the confusing counts and speed data that defies experience, you can measure it yourself.
Information uploaded to the TrafficCom website is mapped and shared for everyone to access. Used well, this could put information at the ready for neighborhood advocates and organizations. This device would also be helpful in measuring bicycle counts.
What do you think? Could Traverse City traffic advocates use a TrafficCom?
I see this as a community asset and I’m asking for a sponsor. I pledge, if a generous MyWHT reader donates $139 that I will only use the TrafficCom for good and not evil…although it will certainly be used for mischief.
In addition, the first to donate $139 to the cause will see their street the first to be measured once the gizmo arrives. UPDATE: As of 9:39 am, we have a winner! The first street to be measured will be E. 10th Street. The community could always use another system though, so if we get another full sponsor, we will add a second device to the MyWHaT library…the following offer still stands.
If the full $139 is too much, any contribution to the cause made will queue your street for measuring. So, donate $10, $20, or whatever amount you can and mention “MEASURE IT” in the comment section to be put on the list.
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