Treatments help pedestrians cross the road
As the shadows lengthen and children head back to school, it's a good time to think about pedestrian safety. The Every Day Counts (EDC) program has developed tech sheets and a video about cost-effective pedestrian safety countermeasures. The materials are part of EDC’s Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian Program (STEP).
STEP focuses on five treatments to help pedestrians cross the road safely:
1. Crosswalk visibility enhancements include crosswalk lighting, enhanced signing and marking, and curb extensions.
Total crash reduction: 23 – 48%
2. Raised crosswalks are a traffic-calming technique that can reduce vehicle speeds and encourage drivers to yield to pedestrians.
Pedestrian crash reduction: 45%
3. Pedestrian refuge islands provide a safer place for pedestrians to stop at the midpoint of a road before crossing the remaining distance.
Pedestrian crash reduction: 32%
4. Pedestrian hybrid beacons provide a stop control treatment for higher-speed multilane roads where pedestrian volumes aren’t high enough to warrant a traffic signal.
Pedestrian crash reduction: 55%
5. Road diets, which reconfigure a roadway cross-section to safely accommodate all users, can decrease vehicle speeds, reduce the number of lanes pedestrians must cross, and create space for new pedestrian facilities.
Total crash reduction: 19 – 47%