Pedestrian fatalities caused by motor vehicle collisions have reached a 25-year high—despite significant efforts dedicated to transportation safety. The goal of this workshop is to identify areas of potential research for this problem by exploring the behaviors of drivers and pedestrians in the roadway environment that may be contributing to collisions. Areas of interest include the design of the roadway environment, transit operations, aging, distractions, the effects of alcohol and drugs, and other potentially relevant factors on behavior.
Luncheon Keynote: Information Ambiguity and Vehicle Collisions, Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D., University of Central Florida
The session will involve morning and afternoon discussion panels involving industry experts to explore
issues related to driver and pedestrian behaviors and design of the environment that may be
contributing to the rise in vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Attendees of the session will be encouraged to
ask questions of the panelists with the desire of engaging open discussion of currently observed
problem areas, and the overall goal of eliciting ideas for both immediate and long-term changes that
reduce collisions. The session will include time for break-out discussion groups to discuss and identify
research ideas and needs.
• Laura Sandt, PhD, Director, Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety
• Ivan Cheung, PhD, Transportation Research Analyst, NTSB
• Derek A. Troyer, PE, Highway Safety Engineer, Ohio DOT
• Megan Wier, MPH, Director, Program on Health, Equity & Sustainability, San Francisco Department of Public Health
• Elissa Goughnour, Senior Transportation Safety Project Manager, Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
• Mike Cynecki, PE, PTOE, Project Manager, Lee Engineering