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New Resources to Promote
Pedestrian Safety

The FHWA Pedestrian Safety Program has four new brochures available to help in the promotion of pedestrian safety.  The brochures provide information on the proven countermeasures related to pedestrian safety (medians/pedestrian refuge areas and sidewalks/shoulders/walkways) that FHWA is encouraging in the Guidance Memorandum on Consideration and Implementation of Proven Safety Countermeasures http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/memo071008/. The documents are available for viewing and ordering in quantities of up to 75 from the FHWA website, http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/ped_bike_order/. Documents offered include:


Safety Benefits of Raised Medians and Pedestrian Refuge Areas Booklet
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) strongly encourages the use of raised medians (or refuge areas) in curbed sections of multi-lane roadways in urban and suburban areas, particularly in areas where there are mixtures of a significant number of pedestrians, high volumes of traffic (more than 12,000 vehicles per day) and intermediate or high travel speeds.

 

Safety Benefits of Raised Medians and Pedestrian Refuge Areas Brochure
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) strongly encourages the use of raised medians (or refuge areas) in curbed sections of multi-lane roadways in urban and suburban areas, particularly in areas where there are mixtures of a significant number of pedestrians, high volumes of traffic (more than 12,000 vehicles per day) and intermediate or high travel speeds.

 

Safety Benefits of Walkways, Sidewalks, and Paved Shoulders Booklet
Annually, around 4,500 pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes with motor vehicles in the United States. Pedestrians killed while “walking along the roadway” account for almost 8 percent of these deaths. Many of these tragedies are preventable. Providing walkways separated from the travel lanes could help to prevent up to 88 percent of these “walking along roadway crashes.

Safety Benefits of Walkways, Sidewalks, and Paved Shoulders Brochure
Annually, around 4,500 pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes with motor vehicles in the United States. Pedestrians killed while “walking along the roadway” account for almost 8 percent of these deaths. Many of these tragedies are preventable. Providing walkways separated from the travel lanes could help to prevent up to 88 percent of these “walking along roadway crashes.

 

In the coming months, FHWA will also be hosting several webinars promoting the use of these countermeasures and developing a best practices document.  More information will be provided by FHWA as it becomes available.

 
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