Assessing Pedestrian Safety Levels Crossing Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, NC

Throughout recent history, vehicular traffic has been prioritized over active forms of transportation such as walking and bicycling. When a highway divides a once formally connected patchwork of neighborhoods, the demand to cross the corridor increases significantly to access employment opportunities, social connections, and necessities. This study explores the Independence Boulevard corridor in Charlotte, North Carolina, an 11.5-mile partially limited access expressway and median divided highway between I-277 near uptown Charlotte and I-485 in Matthews. The research design uses a four-part process involving crash data analysis, pedestrian activity modeling, transit ridership investigation, and walkshed analysis. The methodological design is then used in the context of Independence Boulevard as a case study. Crash data analysis allowed for the identification of pedestrian crossing hotspots and areas of high safety concern. The pedestrian activity model validated these hotspots through roadway connectivity and employment density metrics to identify neighborhoods acting as ‘senders’ or ‘receivers’ across the corridor. Transit ridership analysis located high frequency destinations and stops of regional importance. Lastly, walkshed analyses allowed for potential recommendations to be simulated to calculate the impacts in terms of the number of destinations and households accessible within a 10-minute walkshed. This four-step approach aided in creating various short-term and long-term recommendations to improve pedestrian safety across the Independence Boulevard corridor.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-03546
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:21AM