12 Blog Posts From the stop signs Tag


The Push to Curtail Driving

The Push to Curtail Driving

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is the government’s massive document that controls the application of regulatory devices like stop signs, crosswalk markings, and traffic lights. The MUTCD, last updated in 2009, is the current subject of a proposed federal rule by the FHWA. The sweeping revisions suggested by […]

More Hands on Deck: NMA E-Newsletter #641

More Hands on Deck: NMA E-Newsletter #641

Member response to the NMA’s April 13th email alert and last week’s newsletter, All Hands on Deck, #640, has been tremendous. This grassroots campaign is focused on convincing the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that key components of its planned update to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will make the roads less, not […]

Jumping to conclusions

Jumping to conclusions

“Flashing lights have boosted intersection safety,” proclaimed the headline on the local news site. After four months, flashing red lights on stop signs were declared successful. I was immediately suspicious. In Lincoln signs are for public relations and nobody understands intersection safety. It’s not impossible that a flashing light on top of a stop sign […]

Happiness makes the world slow down

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. At the fork was a new stop sign. The view was clear up both forks, no traffic visible, but we were supposed to stop. Why? The usual reason for an all-way stop in a sparsely populated area. To make residents happy. The town’s engineer had approved an all-way […]

Talk is cheap

With traffic signs costing about as much as fancy toys, they get used like fancy toys. When I see “RADAR ENFORCED” in California, I think “it’s safe to exceed this speed limit.” There’s no apparent correlation with actual use of radar, but they seem to be used more often where the speed limit is too […]

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