HIGHWAY DESIGN, HIGHWAY SAFETY, AND HUMAN FACTORS

The goal of the highway design engineer is to provide roadway facilities which can be safely negotiated by various road users, even under less-than-ideal weather and environmental conditions. To help accomplish this goal, a basic understanding of human characteristics and behaviors as they relate to roadway design features is needed. Road users of interest include not only passenger car drivers, but also drivers of trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles, as well as pedestrians. The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the basic safety concepts which are currently known regarding roadway geometric features. Also, gaps in human factors knowledge are identified for which additional research is needed. Roadway features covered include cross-sectional elements (including roadside features), horizontal and vertical alignment, pedestrian and bicycle facilities (including transition curves), intersections, and interchanges.

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  • Authors:
    • Zegeer, C
    • Council, F M
  • Publication Date: 1993-9

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 20-34
  • Monograph Title: HUMAN FACTORS RESEARCH IN HIGHWAY SAFETY
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  • Accession Number: 00637745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1993 12:00AM