The Past, Present, and Future of Pedestrian Crossing Research and Policy

When:  Jun 12, 2018 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  All Member Forum

Several studies published by the Transportation Research Board andFHWA have provided important guidance for improving pedestrian safety at uncontrolled crossing locations. This webinar will discuss key findings and lessons learned from these reports, including the following (emphasis will be placed on those marked with an *):

  • Safety effects of marked versus unmarked crosswalks at uncontrolled locations: Final report and recommended guidelines. FHWA Publication (Zegeer, C. V., et. al, 2005)*
  • NCHRP Report 617: Accident Modification Factors for Traffic Engineering and ITS Improvements. (2008)
  • TCRP Report 112/NCHRP Report 562: Improving Pedestrian Safety at Unsignalized Crossings (2006)
  • NCHRP Synthesis 498: Application of Pedestrian Crossing Treatments for Streets and Highways (2016)*
  • NCHRP Report 841: Development of Crash Modification Factors for Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossing Treatments (2017)*
The webinar will also briefly summarize how this past research informed the “Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations” released by FHWA in 2018. For instance, the 2018 guide builds on the 2005 Zegeer study by identifying sets of countermeasures that can be used to address roadway conditions where a marked crosswalk alone is insufficient. Finally, the webinar will introduce research topics that are underway or of strong interest to pedestrian safety practitioners. For example, FHWA is developing a Guidebook on Identification of High Pedestrian Crash Locations, and NCHRP 17-73 Systemic Pedestrian Safety Analyses will develop a process for agencies to identify risk for pedestrian crashes. These studies will help agencies consider both crash history and potential for crashes when improving safety for pedestrians at uncontrolled crossing locations.
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Courtney Day
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