Improving Pedestrian Safety at Unsignalized Intersections

This paper describes a recent research project aimed at improving pedestrian safety. The objectives were to recommend engineering treatments to improve safety for pedestrians crossing high-volume, high-speed roadways at unsignalized locations and to recommend modifications to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) pedestrian signal warrant. The research team also developed useful supporting information on pedestrian characteristics, motorist yielding and traffic engineering. Guidelines were developed that can be used to select pedestrian crossing treatments for unsignalized intersections and mid-block locations. Quantitative procedures in the guidelines use key input variables such as pedestrian volume, street crossing width and traffic volume to recommend possible crossing treatment categories. It is also recommended that the MUTCD be revised so that the pedestrian warrant is slightly easier to meet with lower pedestrian volumes on streets with high vehicle volumes and slightly more difficult to meet on streets with low vehicle volumes.

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  • Authors:
    • Fitzpatrick, Kay
    • Turner, Shawn
    • Brewer, Marcus A
  • Publication Date: 2007-5


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01051310
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2007 10:09AM