Identifying Locations for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Improvements in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina

This study identifies areas with potential hazards for pedestrians and bicyclists to aid in prioritizing safety improvements. Proactive methods to identify potentially unsafe locations that may not yet have experienced crashes supplemented crash factor analysis and spatial analysis of crash data. Five years of pedestrian and bicycle crash data were obtained for the study area, which included Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. A survey was conducted with 400 respondents who regularly travel in the area in order to identify locations perceived to be unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. The crash locations and the perceived risk locations resulting from the survey were entered into a geographic information systems (GIS) format and spatially analyzed and compared. Other proactive methods were also used to identify areas of potential concern, including intersection safety index ratings, speed studies, and other public input by way of various Town processes. In order to achieve qualitative expert review of conditions, roadway safety audits were conducted for eight comprehensive areas to identify problems and potential countermeasures.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Final Report to North Carolina Department of Transportation, Traffic Engineering and Safety Systems Branch - December 2008, Revised July 2009
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599
  • Authors:
    • Thomas, Libby
    • Hamlett, Charles
    • Hunter, William
    • Gelinne, Dan
    • Raborn, Craig
    • Stutts, Jane
    • Zegeer, Charlie
  • Publication Date: 2009-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 203p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01362845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2012 1:42PM