Synthesis of safety research - pedestrians

This synthesis provides information from past research on pedestrians, with a primary emphasis on pedestrian safety. The topics include characteristics of pedestrian accidents, conflict analyses and hazard formulas, pedestrian safety programs, and countermeasures related to engineering and education. Engineering measures discussed in this report include pedestrian barriers, crosswalks, signs, signals, right-turn-on-red, innovative traffic control devices, refuge islands, provisions for handicapped pedestrians, bus stop location, school trip safety, overpasses, sidewalks, and others. Information is also included on educational considerations and traffic enforcement and regulations related to pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents account for 15 to 20 percent of all motor-vehicle fatalities in the US and more than 100,000 people injured or killed each year. A considerable amount of research has been conducted over the past 25 years to better define the pedestrian safety problem and to develop and evaluate potential countermeasures. When selectively used, many of the engineering treatments can be effective in reducing pedestrian deaths and injuries. Pedestrian educational programs have been found to reduce 20 to 30 percent of pedestrian accidents involving young children. Model traffic regulations and enforcement programs are also important.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States. Federal Highway Administration. Office of Technology Applications

    Washington, DC   
  • Authors:
    • Zegeer, C V
  • Publication Date: 1991-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 102p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: FHWA-SA-91-034

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01404298
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 10:16PM