In Pedestrian Safety, you'll learn ...
- Planning and design methodologies for improving pedestrian safety
- How much data and what types of data are needed to identify pedestrian problem spots and evaluate the effectiveness of completed safety improvements
- How to analyze the data to prioritize the order in which pedestrian safety problem areas should be addressed
- Effective countermeasures to improve pedestrian safety
Credit: 4 PDH
Length: 52 pages
The Pedestrian Safety course was developed to address the issue of pedestrian safety as it relates to traffic studies and plan design. In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, representing 14 percent of all roadway-related fatalities. Many pedestrian crashes are the result of unsafe motor vehicle driver and pedestrian behaviors. Certain roadway design features can contribute to unsafe behaviors by pedestrians and motorists.
Good pedestrian safety planning must include an understanding of the characteristics of pedestrians. The major planning, design and policy elements that impact pedestrian safety include street design, street connectivity, site design, land use and access management.
It is important to know where pedestrian safety deficiencies exist, how extensive the safety problems are and what new projects, programs and policies can provide the biggest safety benefit, including those related to engineering, education and enforcement. This data collection must occur before an action plan can be formulated.
Improving pedestrian safety in a community or region is typically the result of implementing different safety treatments and changing agency design policies. Projects involving pedestrian countermeasures can be subdivided into spot locations, corridors, target areas, and jurisdictions.
Jurisdictions should ensure that all their policies, plans and engineering design guidelines include considerations for pedestrian safety. The crash data should be analyzed so that the pedestrian improvement projects can be prioritized and selected for safety solutions.
Pedestrian safety should be monitored in the areas where countermeasures were implemented to ensure that the improvements have positive results.
The course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of pedestrian safety from which an engineer can use this information in traffic studies and plan design.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Certificate of Completion
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Pedestrian safety problem background
- Understanding pedestrian characteristics
- Transportation design and policy elements impacting pedestrian safety
- Methods to improve pedestrian safety
- Analyzing information and prioritizing concerns
- Selecting safety solutions
- Implementing safety solutions
- Monitoring safety solutions
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