The pedestrian/motor vehicle collision rate has been rising in Washington State. Twelve to fifteen percent of all vehicle related fatalities involve pedestrians. At the same time, there is an increased demand for walking facilities. Transit ridership is dependent on pedestrian customers. Unfortunately, the lack of safe pedestrian facilities and crossing opportunities along transit corridors contribute to a high number of pedestrian collisions in the vicinity of bus stops. Many local arterial streets are becoming increasingly congested. Street design and land use development contribute to this local congestion. In addition, 30% of the U.S. population will be over 50 years old by 2010. Many of these same older citizens will begin to experience a decrease in important driving skills. As people age, walking should become an important physical activity for health benefits, as well as an option to driving for short personal trips. All of this highlights the need for a safer and more convenient pedestrian environment. Yet the very people who may depend most on walking are also currently the most at-risk to be involved in pedestrian collisions. Children under 15 have the highest injury rate, citizens over 65 have the highest fatality rates, and many of the highest pedestrian collision sites are adjacent to transit stops. For these reasons, Washington State Department of Transportation (WADOT), in collaboration with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) formed a Washington Quality Initiative (WQI) Pedestrian Safety Team to identify ways to reduce pedestrian collisions. The team was comprised of city, county, and state representatives from transportation engineering and planning, enforcement, transit, and licensing. This report is a recommended action plan developed by this multi-disciplinary team to reduce pedestrian/motor vehicle collision rates.

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    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Avenue SE, P.O. Box 47300
    Olympia, WA  United States  98504-7300
  • Publication Date: 1999-12


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  • Accession Number: 00801956
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2000 12:00AM