This workshop will feature diverse stakeholder perspectives on issues and practices related to pedestrian crossing improvements on major arterials. Transportation and public health researchers will describe how socioeconomic and land use characteristics and trends can influence pedestrian activity and safety along major arterials. A panel of U.S. state transportation and international practitioners will discuss processes to identify priority locations, utilize various data sources, apply Safe Systems principles, and plan or design for improvements. Presenters and participants will share best practices and need research related to working with local stakeholders, gathering public input, and taking system-oriented approaches.
According to NHTSA, the largest increases in pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2018 have occurred on principal and minor arterial roadways (70% and 76% increase, respectively), with principal arterials accounting for an average of 36% of all pedestrian fatalities. Fatalities on interstates and expressways have also increased by 59%. (2009-2018 data, NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)).
The 2019 report, “Fatal pedestrian crashes on interstates and other freeways in the United States,” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reviewed the results of research focused on pedestrian deaths on the interstates and other freeways, with a focus on pedestrian crashes that occurred between 2015-2017. Several characteristics of surrounding land uses, speed and lighting conditions and pedestrian behavior appear to contribute to pedestrian fatalities and crashes on principal arterials and freeway-type facilities. Pedestrians fatalities along major arterials and freeways most often occurred when the person was crossing between intersections, grade-separated roadways, and interchanges. These trends may become more prevalent as development increases along urban and suburban arterials, and as people living along these corridors are more dependent on public transit.
The public health community has noted several questions about these rising trends. In 2018, the Transportation Research Board released TR Circular E-C239: “Arterial Roadways Research Needs and Concerns: Informing the Planning, Design, and Operation of Arterial Roadways Considering Public Health.” This paper outlined several points and questions about the design of highway arterials and their impact on public health, including pedestrian safety.
This workshop will include panelists representing the public health community, State DOT and international practitioners, and researchers. The panelists will share how changing land use, socioeconomic and travel patterns may be influencing pedestrian mobility and safety along major arterials in urban areas. Practitioners will present recent studies and approaches taken to address pedestrian safety along major arterials, including applying systemic analyses and Safe Systems approaches. Workshop attendees will participate in break-out discussions to identify potential research needs and strategies for addressing pedestrian safety along and across major arterials.
Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP): Resources and Lessons from the STEP Program
Rebecca Crowe, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Pedestrian Safety along and across Arterials: An Overview
Kristen Brookshire, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
The High Stakes of Arterial Roads for Health, Safety, and Accessibility: Research Needs for Future Arterial Roads
Carolyn McAndrews, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Approaches to Improving Pedestrian Safety along Arterials in North Carolina
Brian Mayhew, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Innovative Pedestrian Safety Solutions – High-Speed, High-Volume Arterial Roads
Hafez Alavi, HA Consulting
Integrating Safe System with Movement and Place for Vulnerable Road Users
Bruce Corben, Corben Consulting
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