Benefits to businesses
Whether you are in retail, a developer, a farmer, or in a low traffic industry such as manufacturing or services, access management will benefit you.
Higher Property Values – Studies have shown that when traffic flows improve through access management, property values go up.
Improved Customer Traffic – If it’s seen as difficult or dangerous to access your business, or if the main road has traffic problems, many people will avoid the area altogether, shopping outside or foregoing the trip. This is especially true if the prevailing traffic has to turn across opposing lanes to get to your door. Access management can bring these shoppers into your business, and encourage others who were just passing through to stop.
Employee Safety – Your employees will be safer arriving and departing work.
Vehicular Safety – If your business depends on vehicles, from farm tractors to tractor trailers, access management will make sure they can get in and out safely and efficiently.
Development Density – Addressing traffic impacts is a mandatory part of the permitting process, access management can provide solutions that help manage related traffic and reduce sprawl by, in many cases, supporting higher density development.
Benefits to communities and individuals
There are several ways communities and individuals benefit from incorporating access management regulations in their town and city plans:
Economic Development – Roads with good, safe access are important to businesses looking to locate in your community. Access management often improves business revenues, improving the economic vitality of a community, and making it more attractive to prospects. Established businesses with good access management practices result in a more stable tax base, reducing the burden on residential taxpayers. Successful businesses tend to attract other successful businesses, helping grow the tax base. These businesses can provide local jobs for residents, including young adults who otherwise might leave the community.
Sprawl Control – Access management has a positive impact on development, by encouraging density over sprawl. It encourages residential developers to build homes on side roads that merge into one main road entrance and exit, in many cases increasing the number of families that will call the neighborhood home. It encourages businesses to band together off the main road, making access safer and more inviting to shoppers, and encouraging shoppers to spend more time in shops and restaurants.
Resident Safety – Fewer accidents means town and city residents are safer in their own communities. Drivers are safer, pedestrians are safer, bicyclists are safer, and children are safer.
Cost Reduction – Police, fire, and rescue services needs are reduced if safety is improved and vehicular accidents are reduced. Access management can help reduce accidents in high traffic areas, and works to keep accidents low in other areas that might be growing.
Greenspace – Access management techniques offer opportunities to preserve and add trees, shrubs, gardens, and other greenery, improving the community's quality of life.