Category Archives: Education

Back-To-School 2015 : Motorist Edition – Study Guide for Driving Safe Around Schools In Bellevue

Written by Andrew Kyrios, NTSS Intern You know how some people think summer break causes kids to forget everything they learned the previous school year? The same may be said of drivers: summer vacation may also cause drivers to forget … Continue reading

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You Say Speed Bump I Say Speed Hump

In 1906, a small town in New Jersey officially and successfully installed the first recorded speed bump. The town of Chatham used the ‘speed reducers’ to alert cars to pedestrians using crosswalks. On the day they were tested, hundreds of … Continue reading

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Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons in Bellevue

As the city grows, so does our transportation technology toolbox. In the past few years, the City of Bellevue Transportation Department has introduced new intelligent transportation systems such as flashing yellow arrows (FYA) and adaptive signal controls. While those technologies focus … Continue reading

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Traffic Lingo A to Z: Channelization

As with any field, sometimes we transportation professionals can use jargon terms that you may have heard but are not that familiar with. To clarify these terms, we have been publishing a twice-weekly Twitter feature on @BvueTrans to define them. #channelization: controlling … Continue reading

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Black Rubber Tubes in the Roadway: Helping to Understand Your Neighborhood

As the New Year begins, Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services will be conducting several new traffic studies that measure vehicle speed and volume in Bellevue’s neighborhoods. These studies are an integral component in how we analyze a street to determine traffic conditions. … Continue reading

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What are Chicanes?

Chicanes–or slow points–are horizontal deflections designed to slow traffic speeds and can potentially discourage cut-through traffic.  They interrupt a normally straight roadway forcing drivers to reduce their speed and navigate the chicane before continuing down the roadway.  Chicanes are just … Continue reading

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School buses: Red lights flashing? You should be stopping!

In Bellevue, school buses traverse the City in the mornings and afternoons picking up and dropping off children to 16 elementary schools and 5 middle schools (high schools utilize King County Metro). At any given time while driving, you may … Continue reading

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Back to School Edition: 2013

Pencil boxes are fully stocked, brown bag lunches carefully arranged, and a new pair of sneakers can only mean one thing: back to school time!  Though school started last Tuesday, we are still hearing comments from parents and residents about … Continue reading

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New Real-time Traffic Map Released

The City recently released a new, spatially accurate real-time traffic map to provide residents and visitors with another way to make informed travel decisions.  The map, based in Google Maps, overlays 75 traffic cameras through the City and capitalizes on the … Continue reading

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Why are there multi-colored paint lines across my yard?

As we spring forward early Sunday morning on March 10 (you’ll remember to set your clock one hour ahead, right?) and the days become longer, it’s time to restart those home improvement projects that have been hibernating during the dark, … Continue reading

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