Why did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conducted a study in 2012 to determine the environmental factors that influence where pedestrians cross the road. Pedestrian deaths account for over 14% of fatalities in roadway crashes. The study looked at risky crossings, such as during the “don’t walk” signal phase or outside marked crossings. FHWA researchers observed, coded, and analyzed the location, time, and other circumstances of pedestrian crossings at 20 locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The results of the study helped FHWA to develop a model to predict pedestrian behavior, which will help to design crossings that will increase safety.


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  • Accession Number: 01535601
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2014 4:40PM