Law Accommodating Nonmotorized Road Users and Pedestrian Fatalities in Florida, 1975 to 2013

This article reports on a study undertaken to examine the effect of Florida’s 1984 adoption of Statute 335.065, a law requiring the routine accommodation of nonmotorized road users (i.e., a “Complete Streets” policy. The authors explored the impact of this law on pedestrian fatalities and explored factors regarding the implementation of the law. The authors used both an interrupted time-series, quasi-experimentation design and interviews with Florida transportation professionals to calculate Florida’s pedestrian fatalities between 1975 and 2013. These years represent 39 quarter-years before and 117 quarter-years after adoption of the law. The authors also compared Florida with similar regional and national data. The study found that Florida’s pedestrian fatalities decreased significantly, resulting in more than 3,500 lives saved in the 29 years since Statute 335.065 was adopted. The authors report on some of the challenges associated with implementing this law, as elicited from the interviews. The authors conclude with a discussion of Florida Department of Transportation’s renewed emphasis on Complete Streets, creating an implementation plan in 2015, and working with other state and local organizations committed to pedestrian safety.

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  • Accession Number: 01682911
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2018 9:15AM