William Phelps Eno Businessperson

William Phelps Eno (June 3, 1858 – December 3, 1945) was an American businessman responsible for many of the earliest innovations in road safety and traffic control. He is sometimes known as the "Father of traffic safety", despite never having learned to drive a car himself. He graduated from Yale University in 1882, where he had been a member of Skull and Bones. Though automobiles were rare until Eno was an older man, horse-drawn carriages were already causing significant traffic problems in urban areas like Eno's home town of New York City. In 1900, he wrote a piece on traffic safety entitled Reform in Our Street Traffic Urgently Needed. In 1903, he wrote a city traffic code for New York, the first such code in the world. He designed traffic plans for New York, London, and Paris. Among the innovations credited to Eno are the stop sign, the pedestrian crosswalk, the traffic circle, the one-way street, the taxi stand, and pedestrian safety islands. In 1921 Eno founded the Eno Foundation for Highway Traffic Control, today known as the Eno Transportation Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to studying and promoting transportation safety.

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Date of birth
June 3rd, 1858
United States of America
Date of death
1945 at age of 86


1. Yale University Colleges/University

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Institution info

Type Private university
2013. 20.8 bil. $
2012. 19.3 bil. $
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246 Church Street, 06520 - New Haven, Connecticut
2012. 5,379
2010. 5,310
2009. 5,270
2012. 6,501
2011. 6,318
2010. 6,391
Acceptance rate
2014. 6.26 %
2012. 7.1 %
2012. 6.8 %
2010. 8.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 44 K $
2012. 42.3 K $
2011. 40.5 K $
2010. 38.3 K $
Official web page www.yale.edu
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