I am doing some research on developing some additional traffic calming techniques to add to our local arsenal. I am wondering if you have used or know of anyone who has used cats' eyes (those little reflectors glued to the pavement) alongside the edges of local streets, for the primary purpose of traffic calming?
I know that there are more effective traffic calming techniques, but for a variety of reasons, including costs and neighborhood acceptance, I am trying to devise a low tech low-cost solution...I am particularly interested in applying the technique to local streets of 20-foot width or greater, particularly with no curb and/or sidewalks, that have significant pedestrian activity (despite these design inadequacies), both to achieve some degree of traffic calming and provide a portion of the street where it is safer for the pedestrians to walk in.
An example: I would envision the that the cats' eyes be placed approximately 2 feet from each road edge, parallel to the edge, spaced approximately every 50' to 60' linearly along the road. I would prefer that the road be striped -- with a white stripe along defining the same margins as where the cats' eyes will be aligned (I know that striping, alone, has been used for traffic calming effect). This would create a cross-section of a two-foot margin between the edge of the pavement on each side of the road and the row of cats' eyes, and a minimum of 16-foot width "travel zone" in between the rows of cats' eyes. I bounced this off our Fire Dept specialist and he was supportive. Please feel free to share any ideas or critiques on this concept...