ExpiredVIC Branch | Myth-placed Traffic Engineering

  • 21/09/2017
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Surely Stop signs are safer than Give Way signs?  What about left turn slip lanes vs. no slip lane? Or school speed zones?  What makes a roundabout design safe?  Much of what is done in the name of good traffic engineering or improved road safety could best be described as ‘Articles of Mis-placed Faith’: methods we’ve always used without question; myths that have little factual basis; or currently fashionable ideas. So why are many previous lessons forgotten and facts lost?

The speakers will discuss dozens of routine elements of road design and traffic management where current practices act against better safety and good management or simply have little point.  These elements get repeated because ‘that’s what we do’.  Each element will be described and explained and the speakers will take a few examples and look at them in more detail. Sometimes the answers are counter-intuitive. Yet in all cases the analytical assessment has been done and the lessons have been learnt. Come and check out your knowledge and understanding of many traffic engineering and road safety basics. Just like a Trivia Night – except it’s not trivial.

The speakers:

Rob Morgan, Traffic Engineering and Road Safety Engineering Consultant. Rob has been the principal author of numerous national and state standards, manuals and guidelines and conducts training in road safety auditing and crash analysis. He has been a member of national committee on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for 35 years.

Mark O’Brien, Senior Associate at O’Brien Traffic. Mark’s experience includes undertaking in-depth road safety studies, designing bicycle facilities, intersection upgrades and public transport interchanges, modelling,  designing and analysing dynamic ramp metering projects and reviewing large-scale developments.

Andrew O’Brien, Chairman of O’Brien Traffic. Andrew is internationally renowned for his work on safe roundabout design, as well as having extensive experience with local area traffic management, road safety auditing, transport economics, parking policy and pioneering work on freeway ramp metering.

RSVPs are required below.  On arrival, please collect your pass at the ground floor main reception desk at 121 Exhibition Street from 5 pm, ready for a 5.30 pm start.

Complimentary food and drinks will be served from 5 pm. Event starts at 5.30 pm sharp.



Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia

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