Traffic is an integral part of any city and effective traffic control is the key to the administrative success of the governing body. This applies to large cities as well as small cities. Normally the administration in a state capital city is always on its toes but the real test for the governing body is in the way they manage traffic snarls in a non-capital city such as say Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Every city should have an effective traffic blueprint. The Gold Coast Traffic Control plan has been drawn in such a way that they will be effective till the year 2031. Traffic control strategies include road planning and construction, construction of flyovers and bridges, seamless interconnectivity between different types of transport facilities and so on and so forth. The strategy laid down by the planning body envisages the likely traffic by the year 2031 and has planned keeping that factor in mind.
Parking of vehicles is also one big headache the controlling bodies have to bear. There should be ample space to park vehicles so that the main and the arterial roads do not get clogged. Moreover parking localities should be safe and convenient to the general public. The planning strategy for the city of Gold Coast has taken this factor too into cognizance while formulating the plan. Every highway road should have a service lane running parallel to it to cater to emergencies such as accidents and breakdowns. At the same time it should be ensured that adequate numbers of synchronized traffic signals are installed at vantage locations to regulate the flow of traffic. Pedestrian traffic is also of equal importance and separate lanes for pedestrians and cyclists should be earmarked. It is only proper that these points figure in the traffic control plan of any city in the world.