A program offering free traffic studies to Hunterdon, NJ municipalities adds the SafePace Evolution 12 to its program to assess traffic speeds and the effectiveness of speed signs in slowing cars down.
goHunterdon is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Hunterdon, NJ. It is funded by a variety of sources included the NJ Department of Transportation, the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, and the Federal Highway Administration. Hunterdon is a western NJ County, located in the Delaware Valley. It offers a suburban home to many city commuters to NYC and Philadelphia.
goHunterdon offers local municipalities free speed studies of their local roads. This helps them determine where speed is a genuine concern so that they can take further steps to protect their streets. The program uses Your Speed signs to collect data on traffic volume and speed over the course of a month. goHunterdon then provides the data to the municipalities in report form with accompanying charts and graphs.
The program needed another speed sign to add to the program. However, they wanted an option with affordable cloud subscriptions. This would help make the program more sustainable for goHunterdon and would also offer a more sustainable choice for municipalities that wanted to purchase signs for their streets after their speed study was over.
The SafePace Evolution 12 was added to the goHunterdon speed study program to respond to municipal requests throughout the county. It’s typically mounted on streets with speed limits under 40 mph within walkable communities, near downtown hubs, or close to schools.
The sign is used in stealth mode to gather baseline data for several weeks before speeds are displayed. In the following weeks, the Evolution 12 shows drivers their speed in bright MUTCD approved 12” digits. The sign includes a full year of free cloud service, with a low annual fee in following years.
The Evolution 12 is a popular choice for cities looking for a compact, affordable sign that still meets MUTCD standards. It shows a static Your Speed message along with vehicle speed in bright dual colored LED digits. The sign is a lightweight, portable solution that can be powered by AC, battery, or solar energy. It can be used with a universal mounting bracket to mount at multiple locations and is also compatible with a trailer, sign dolly, and hitch for additional multi-location use options.
The free first year of Cloud included with every Evolution sign was an incentive that goHunterdon appreciated. But the continued cost for following years was what really drew them in.
“The Cloud subscription cost is substantially lower than [the] competitor,” said Tara Shepherd, the Executive Director at goHunterdon. “That makes your product a more sustainable choice for us and for any of the municipalities that may wish to purchase a unit….in their community.”
goHunterdon uses the SafePace Cloud to collect data and manage the signs and finds it very user friendly and intuitive to use. They collect pre and post data at each location and have been finding that the signs really do slow cars down.
They have been receiving encouraging feedback from municipalities where the Evolution sign has been mounted.
“The sign has a more impressive look [than others we’ve used,] said Ms. Shepherd. “And the Cloud subscription cost was a major factor in our decision to purchase [the Evolution] from Traffic Logix.”